FTA awards 10 project grants to advance transit innovation and safety

The $9.1 million in funding to support safety and innovation in the transit industry

October 13, 2020
transit safety, innovation

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) recently announced that 10 projects in nine states will receive a share of approximately $9.1 million in funding through the Safety Research and Demonstration Program and the Bus Operator Compartment Program initiatives to support safety and innovation in the transit industry.  

FTA's Safety Research and Demonstration Program is part of a larger safety research effort at the U.S. DOT that provides technical and financial support for transit agencies to pursue innovative approaches to eliminate or mitigate safety hazards.

FTA's Bus Operator Compartment Program supports the redesign of transit bus operator compartments to improve safety for bus operators and the passengers they serve.

"FTA is committed to working with the transit industry to improve the safety of our nation’s public transportation systems," FTA Deputy Administrator K. Jane Williams said in a statement. "These innovative new designs and projects will protect transit employees and passengers, as well as improve the overall safety and reliability of the service."

Among the projects selected to receive funding:

  • The International Transportation Learning Center based in Silver Spring, Maryland, will receive $1 million to redesign a transit bus compartment to improve safety for drivers. By designing a barrier, the compartment will minimize operator assaults and maintain positive passenger interactions through mirrors and lighting.
  • The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, will receive $742,000 to install an automated employee protection system, allowing transit workers to enhance their safety while working on the tracks.
  • The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (NORTA) in New Orleans, Louisiana, will receive $600,000 to study the implementation of shields/barriers on its bus fleet to protect its bus operators. NORTA will work its bus operators to secure feedback on the implementation of this project.

---------

SOURCE: Federal Transit Administration

Related Articles

Revitalizing Main Streets projects in Boulder
Revitalizing Main Streets projects in Boulder. The concrete barriers are a part of the infrastructure upgrades to better serve the need for expanded outdoor dining and walkability areas along Pearl Street in Boulder.
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) in collaboration with its planning partners at the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG)…
July 19, 2021
Recommended practices for the installation and removal of lane closures on multilane highways
Image: Minnesota DOT
We all have seen lane closures. They are often a necessity for construction and maintenance operations, and may result in reduced capacity,…
July 07, 2021
Over the last several years, uttering the phrase, “It’s infrastructure week,” often elicited chuckles and smirks from transportation advocates,…
July 07, 2021
Routine, in-depth inspections of bridges and infrastructure are pertinent to assessing the life span of an asset and maintaining public safety for…
July 07, 2021
expand_less