A fire hazard evaluation of the subway cars used on the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District was performed. After analyzing the cars' interior and exterior design, five recommendations were made that, if implemented, would improve passenger safety by decreasing the probability of developing a hazardous fire situation. Among these recommendations were the upgrading of current upholstered urethane seat assemblies and the need for the development of a fire detection system appropriate for rapid rail transit vehicles. Those system improvements would not only provide passengers a safer traveling environment but would also provide a modest level of protection for the heavy investment in rail vehicles.

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Bureau of Standards

    Center for Fire Research
    Washington, DC  United States  20234

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Braun, E
  • Publication Date: 1978-3

Media Info

  • Pagination: 24 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00176291
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NBSIR-78-1421 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-AT-70007
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 19 1981 12:00AM