The report explores the status of safety of rail rapid transit systems, identifies areas of risk, and recommends means for improving safety in new and existing systems. The report is based on the experiences, and practices of new and old transit systems located in the Chicago, New York and Philadelphia metropolitan areas. The subjects covered include accident reporting, accident experience, emergency preparedness, transit car design, signal systems, vehicular excursion, joint corridor usage, fixed plant design, maintenance procedures, safety efforts, operating rules, employee training, research, and the exchange of data. The report also explores the role of the Urban Mass Transportation Administration in the development of safe transit systems and urges the use of System Safety techniques for the development of safe rail rapid transit systems. The report recommends that system safety plans submitted by applicants be one basic requirement for obtaining funding assistance through the Urban Mass Transportation Assistance Act.

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Transportation Safety Board

    Office of Surface Transportation Safety
    Washington, DC  United States  20594
  • Publication Date: 1971-6-16

Media Info

  • Pagination: 31 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00046996
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Transportation Safety Board
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NTSB-RSS-71-1
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 14 1976 12:00AM