Safety and Security of Persons with Special Needs using Rail Transit

This paper describes how transit agencies face significant challenges in making their systems secure for all passengers. Security threats to transit agencies include natural disasters, such as earthquakes and hurricanes etc., as well as acts of human agency such as catastrophic maintenance or operational failure, vandalism and terrorism. Members of the public with special access needs, like other passengers, bear some responsibility for their personal safety. However, when disaster strikes, it is inevitable that rescue and evacuation will be more complicated for this segment of the public. This paper examines the current state of emergency and communications preparedness for transit agencies with regards to those members of the public that are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). What plans and contingencies are in place and what challenges lie ahead.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Pagination: 3p
  • Monograph Title: 2007 Proceedings Rail Conference

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01051801
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 1931594260
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 18 2007 10:13AM