/April 2016, Issue 3

April 2016, Issue 3

April 2016, Issue 32018-12-07T13:10:49-04:00


It Takes all of Us
APTA publishes documents using a quarterly publication cycle to help manage the workload of volunteers, members and key stakeholders. APTA is seeking a few good subject matter experts like you to help develop public transit standards using a consensus based process. To help enlist your support please review following publication dates. Your participation in the process is greatly appreciated.
Publication Deadlines:
(This is a tentative schedule and dates are subject to change)

2nd Quarter
Public Commenting: 4/1/16 – 5/2/16
CEO Commenting: 5/19/16 – 6/2/16
Publish standards: 7/6/16
3rd Quarter
Public Commenting: 7/1/16 – 8/1/16
CEO Commenting: 8/18/16 – 9/1/16
Publish standards: 10/5/16

4th Quarter
Public Commenting: 9/30/16 – 10/31/16
CEO Commenting: 11/15/16 – 11/29/16
Publish standards: 12/30/16

Visit APTA Standard Development Program Information Desk
Drop by and say hello! The APTA Standards Program will have an information desk at the 2016 Bus and Paratransit Conference in Charlotte, NC, May 15 through 18; and the APTA Rail Conference in Phoenix, AZ. Stop by and speak to APTA staff to learn more about the Standards Development Program, APTA standards and how to participate.


Standards Development Oversight Council
The new 2016-2017 Standards Development Oversight Council (SDOC) will convene in April to approve a comprehensive budget and work plan to address the maintenance of existing standards and the development of new standards for the 2017 fiscal year. APTA staff have prepared an aggressive plan to tackle the bottleneck of work required to effectively address the maintenance cycle of existing documents while continuing to produce documents that are timely and beneficial to the transit industry.
APTA Staff Changes
Martin Schroeder, director of engineering and transit technology, has accepted a senior consulting position with CH2M, and his last day with APTA was March 30. We wish Martin all the best on his future endeavors and recognize his many contributions over the past 12 years to APTA and the transit industry, including work on fare-collection standards, FRA high-speed rail regulations, P.R.E.S.S., energy storage technologies, the APTA Standards Program, support to APTA committees and conferences, peer reviews and ITS research work. In addition, he has ably represented APTA with many external groups and key stakeholders. In the interim, Greg Hull, previously the assistant vice president of operations, Public Safety & Technical Services, for 16 years at APTA will pick up the mantle.


APTA is a consensus-based standards development organization committed to facilitating the proliferation of public transit systems standards and conformity. APTA’s Standards Development Program facilitates the work of dozens of volunteer committees and technical working groups that develop standards, recommended practices, guidelines, white papers, educational and training documents, and technical specifications.
APTA’s Standards Development Oversight Council serves to protect the public interests and ensure that the requirements for openness, balanced consensus and other safeguards are followed. APTA provides all interested and affected parties an opportunity to participate in the development of standards.
As such, anyone may propose a change to a published standard. The requester should provide specific changes in writing. Where practical, these changes should be made by marking up the published version and adding proposed changes and/or corrections. A copy of the proposed changes and supporting rationale should be submitted to:
American Public Transportation Association
Program Manager, Technical Services
1300 I Street NW, Suite 1200 East
Washington DC, 20005


Rail Transit Systems
Fatigue Management Program Requirements
The rail transit industry is concerned about incidents caused by fatigue. Some of these incidents have resulted in collisions and fatalities. In addition to the tragic loss of lives, there is also a cost to the agency and in most cases a loss to the customer due to a disruption of the rail service. In order to address these concerns, APTA is in the process of developing a document to assist all rail transit agencies in developing a standard set of requirements regarding Fatigue Management Program (FMP) requirements.
This standard will provide rail transit systems (RTS) with the baseline requirements for fatigue management programs, in order to mitigate the impacts of fatigue on their operations and thereby improve the quality and safety of rail service. The standard also includes recommendations regarding the usage of fatigue risk management systems. APTA recognizes that each RTS has unique design and operating characteristics and will therefore have different titles and roles that its program would need to focus on.
However, what this standard requires is that each RTS establish an FMP that formalizes in writing the requirements associated with addressing and changing personnel and operational factors that cause fatigue. The goal of an FMP is to reduce the frequency of fatigue-related incidents and costs to personnel, transportation agencies and the public at large. The development and implementation of the FMP shall include a series of formal steps designed to ensure that critical perspectives and knowledge are included in the FMP and that its potential benefits are fully realized.
Operations Personnel Requirements in New Rail Transit Projects
In developing new rail transit projects, sometimes operating personnel are not consulted or involved in the decision-making process. Given that when the project is completed, it is the operations and maintenance staff who will be required to continue to perform the duties necessary to ensure that the system is working to its optimum, it makes sense to have their valued input from the planning stage onward.
This standard provides minimum requirements for the participation of rail operations subject matter experts (SMEs) within an RTS and/or an operations and maintenance contractor. Rail operations personnel are required in order to provide critically important input and guidance in any rail project that impacts operations and maintenance activities of an RTS. As used in the standard, “operations” refers directly to Operations and Maintenance activities within an operating railroad or new system.
In order for public and private agencies, engineering firms and/or project sponsors to understand the impact of rail operational and maintenance requirements associated with the operating life cycle of new rail programs under development, those under expansion, and/or major capital improvement projects, this standard requires the engagement of experienced rail transit operations personnel. The project team needs to include experienced rail operations personnel to provide input and guidance in any rail projects that impact operations and maintenance activities of an RTS, regardless of regulatory requirements. This, at a minimum, is required to have a safe, cost-effective, rule-compliant and efficient operation. The standard includes requirements for involving qualified rail operations personnel during the preliminary development phase of the rail project and during the phases outlined in the program requirements of 49 CFR 633 Subpart C-Project Management Plans.



These documents are available for public comment from April 1, through May 2, 2016.

 APTA RT-FS-S-001-02, Rev. 1: Rail Transit Fixed Structures Inspection and Maintenance
APTA SS-CCS-RP-004-16: Securing Control and Communications Systems in Rail Transit Environments, Part IIIb
APTA-RT-OP-S-004-03, Rev. 1: Work Zone Safety Practices
APTA-RT-OP-S-010-03, Rev. 1: Contractors’ Responsibility for Safety on the Right-of-Way (ROW)
APTA PR-M-S-014-06, Rev. 1: Wheel Load Equalization of Passenger Rail Road Rolling Stock

For more information about APTA’s Standards Development Program, click here or email standards@apta.com

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