/July 2016, Issue 4

July 2016, Issue 4

July 2016, Issue 42018-12-07T13:10:58-04:00


Keep Moving Forward!
APTA’s Standards Development Program is looking for volunteers with the necessary leadership skills and expertise to influence the development of future standards documents for public transit. APTA will create several new technical working groups in the next few weeks to develop new industry standards and best practices. We need your support and expertise to expand the program’s activities. To volunteer or learn more, please email the APTA Standards Development Team at: standards@apta.com.
Automatic Train Control – Track Monitoring
Addressing serious safety issues on audio frequency track circuit rail operations, the ATC-TCM (Loss of Shunt) tool monitors the movement of trains through the system as they enter and exit track circuits. This tool is called the Automatic Train Control – Track Circuit Monitoring Tool (ATC-TCM) and has proven to be an important tool for monitoring the performance of the train control system and more directly the track circuits and their components. The Automatic Train Control – Track Circuit Monitoring (ATC-TCM) Tool is a unique computer program that was developed by and with the guidance of the Automatic Train Control (ATC) engineering staff of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). Recognizing the importance of this work, the TCRP IDEA program has awarded $100K to the project team for the purpose of making the Loss of Shunt tool applicable to all audio frequency track circuit applications. Ultimately this effort will result in the publication of an APTA Recommended Practice.​


Learn More about APTA Standards at the 2016 Annual Meeting
Drop by and say hello! The APTA Standards Development Program will have an information desk at the 2016 Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, CA. Stop by and speak to APTA staff to learn more about the Standards Development Program. Bring your business cards and/or the business cards of your colleagues to volunteer on newly formed technical working groups. Share your expertise and help influence public transit policies related to safety, security, and operations. Click here to learn more about the Annual Meeting, and we look forward to seeing you in LA!
New Name for the Information Technology Program
The Information Technology Policy and Planning Committee met at the 2016 Rail Conference in June. The committee elected to petition the Standards Development Oversight Council to change the name of the program and committee to accurately convey the scope and increasing role of technology in public transit. The name will be change from Information Technology to Technology in August 2016. This change will be reflected on APTA’s website, collaboration sites, committee rosters, and programmatic documentation.
Meeting Competing Priorities
The Standards Development Oversight Council held a web meeting on June 29, 2016, to review the FY2017 priorities and budget assumptions. The Council identified key program priorities for FY2017 (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017); principally the immediate review and republishing of existing standards, the development of new standards, the creation of new technical work groups, and strengthening of relationships with allied organizations and partners. In alignment with the association’s 2015-2019 strategic plan, the Council’s goals are to (1) strengthen the development and implementation of safety and security standards, (2) increase awareness of APTA’s safety and security programs, and (3) promote the new standards and quantify the value of these documents.


Getting the Word Out
The APTA Standards Development Team will launch a new quarterly webinar series starting in October 2016. The goal of this activity is to provide additional insight into the documents published quarterly. The webinar will focus on exploring recently released standards, why they are relevant, what is the value proposition, and whom the standards will impact most. 
This program will also provide tips for navigating the published standards website, discuss the consensus-based standards development process, and provide opportunities for participation in an existing or newly developed technical working group.


All documents available from July 7 through August 7.

APTA BTS-BC-RP-003-07 Rev 1-Transit Bus Brake Shoe Rebuild

APTA BTS-BMT-RP-001-10 Rev. 1-Training Syllabus to Instruct/Prepare for the ASE Transit Bus HVAC Test

APTA BTS-BMT-RP-002-10 Rev 1-Training Syllabus to Instruct/Prepare for ASE Transit Bus Transmission and Drive Train Test

APTA BTS-BMT-RP-003-10 Rev 1-Training Syllabus to Instruct/Prepare for ASE Transit Bus Air Brake Systems Test

APTA BTS-BMT-RP-004-10 Rev 1 -Training Syllabus to Instruct/Prepare for ASE Transit Bus Electrical and Electronics Test


View full list of documents online by August 7, 2016.


Infrastructure Security Working Group was directed by the Security Standards Policy & Planning Committee (SSPP) on June 19, 2016, at the Rail Conference, to be changed to the Infrastructure & Systems Security Working Group (ISSWG). The group with the expanded scope will address all infrastructure, systems, and security risk related topics for the SSPP. 

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