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Industry's Safety Pros Discuss Challenges, Opportunities

More than 60 safety officers and other public transit professionals participated in APTA’s mid-year meeting, an in-depth gathering in Miami in early December.

The meeting was co-convened by three of the association’s modal safety committees—Bus, Rail and Commuter Rail—and the Safety Coordinating Council.

The three-and-a half-day session focused on several issues of mutual concern, including the development of a safety culture, sleep apnea identification among operations personnel, suicide prevention and an industry safety database for benchmarking.

In addition, attendees heard from FTA and FRA regulators who shared presentations on recent rule­makings regarding system safety, fielded questions and engaged in feedback and conversations. The meeting also featured reports on the innovative Brightline intercity rail project (a privately owned express train service between Miami and Orlando, under construction) and safety practices on the UK’s railway network by Network Rail Consulting.

The meeting, hosted by Miami-Dade County’s Department of Transportation and Public Works, also included tours of the department’s new intermodal station at Miami International Airport and the Hitachi Rail USA facility, which is assembling railcars for the department.

The chairs of the modal committees identified several issues committee members and APTA staff will explore in 2017 to further advance the strategic goal of Safety & Security First, “to promote develop and support continuous improvement of safe and secure public transportation systems,” as stated in the association’s strategic plan.

For details about that plan, click here. For details about APTA’s safety and security initiatives, contact Randy Clarke.

Among those attending APTA’s mid-year safety meeting were, from left, Gerry Ruggiero, chair, Safety Coordinating Council and APTA board member; Hilary Konczal, chair, Commuter Rail Safety Committee; Vijay Khawani, chair, Bus Safety Committee; Dennis Bonney, chair, Rail Safety Committee; Alice Bravo, director, Department of Transportation and Public Works, Miami-Dade County, who received a plaque from APTA for hosting the event; and Randy Clarke, APTA acting vice president-member services.

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