/July 2017, Issue 8

July 2017, Issue 8

July 2017, Issue 82018-12-07T13:10:58-04:00
July 2017, Issue 8
Chair-image.jpgSolutions for the challenges we face in delivering public transportation cannot be developed in a vacuum. Consensus-based standards demonstrate how a partnership of all stakeholders within an industry can work to develop solutions to the collective challenges we face. Here at APTA, we are achieving this partnership to develop standards for public transportation.
The volunteers who support this effort are working for all the large and small partners within transit. It is important work that cannot be done without these volunteers and industry support. Participation in standards development activities and implementation of those standards already developed can help transit agencies and private partners streamline processes, trim costs by sharing resources, avoid or at least inform regulation, and make us safer and more secure as we grow as an industry.
Voluntary consensus standards bring private and public sectors together to find solutions for the challenges we each face. I encourage each of you to be part of this solution by volunteering on a working group, by educating yourself and your agency about existing standards, and by implementing standards into your agency’s processes. We are stronger when we stand together to face our challenges, and the APTA Standards Development Program provides an opportunity for each agency and person to be part of the partnership.
TCRP Synthesis 126: Successful Practices and Training Initiatives to Reduce Accidents and Incidents at Transit Agencies
tcrp.pngA July 19, webinar will present the findings from TCRP Synthesis 126: Successful Practices and Training Initiatives to Reduce Accidents and Incidents at Transit Agencies. Presented by Lisa Staes and Jodi Godfrey of the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR), this session will discuss current practices and training initiatives, including bus operator training and retraining programs that have been effective in reducing accidents and incidents at transit agencies. The webinar will also focus on other system approaches that have been implemented to address safety hazards, including various technology applications, infrastructure modifications, and programs and initiatives such as driver incentive programs and close-call/near-miss reporting. To learn more about this activity scheduled for July 19, click here.
2017-2016_220x134.pngHere is a quick snapshot of FY2017’s activities. The APTA Standards Development Program looked inward and updated all policies, procedures and bylaws that govern the operation of the Standards Development Oversight Council (SDOC), all Standards Policy and Planning Committees, Technical Advisory Groups and Working Groups. Here are some of the major accomplishments for FY17:
  • Thirteen new documents published
  • Twenty-two existing documents updated and republished
  • Implementation of monthly publication cycle
  • Implementation of quarterly webinar series: Disc Brakes Wheels-On Inspections
  • Six active programs conducting standards development activities using 32 working groups and five standards policy and planning committees
  • Upgrades to APTA Standards Program website navigation menus allowing access to working groups from For Members section and published documents library
  • New sidebar in published documents library with Action Center, Quick Links and Upcoming Events sections
While the program was challenged because of unexpected funding fluctuations and staff turnover, the overall program has rebounded in time for FY18. All staffing positions have been filled and are operating, a new FY18 budget has been approved by the Standards Development Oversight Council, and the majority of standards development working groups are already developing documents.
The Brake & Chassis and Bus Maintenance Training Working Groups continue to be active in producing and updating documents. In addition, the update to the “Standard Bus Procurement Guidelines” with technical specification language for battery electric buses is almost complete. If your agency would like to test out the new RFP and provide feedback, please email Jeff Hiott at jhiott@apta.com.
The Bus Standards Policy and Planning Committee convened a web meeting just prior to the start of the Bus & Paratransit Conference. The newly restructured committee used the meeting as an orientation for its new participants and provided an in-depth summary of FY2018 priorities and budget constraints. The committee will fill its vacant leadership positions at the next meeting. If you would like to know more about the Bus Standards Policy and Planning Committee, please email Eugene Reed at ereed@apta.com.
bus-banner-408x118.pngThe rail program is closing out FY2017 with several documents wrapping up their development phase and beginning the publications process. Three documents relating to fixed structures inspection and maintenance have been prepared and distributed for balloting by the Working Group. Ballots are due July 14, 2017.
  • APTA RT-FS-S-004-03 Rev. 2, “Traction Electrification Substation Inspection Maintenance and Testing”
  • APTA RT-FS-S-005-03 Rev. 2, “Traction Electrification Stray Current Corrosion Control Equipment Inspection and Maintenance”
  • APTA RT-FS-S-006-03 Rev. 2, “Traction Electrification Distribution System Inspection Maintenance and Testing”
Fixed Structures Inspection and Maintenance Working Group participants can access ballots here.
Three documents relating to vehicle inspection and maintenance have been prepared and distributed for balloting by the Working Group. Ballots are due July 14, 2017.
  • APTA RT-VIM-S-003-02, Rev. 3, “Air Supply and Air Storage Systems Periodic Inspection and Maintenance”
  • APTA RT-VIM-S-007-02, Rev. 3, “Friction Brake Equipment Periodic Inspection and Maintenance”
  • APTA RT-VIM-RP-027-17, “On-Track Equipment Periodic Inspection and Maintenance”
Vehicle Inspection & Maintenance Working Group Participants can access ballots here.
The Elevator and Escalator Technical Forum is in the process of reviewing and revising two design guidelines documents that were originally published in 2002 and revised in 2008 and 2011, respectively.
  • APTA RT EE-RP-004-02, Rev. 2, “Heavy-Duty Machine Room-Less Elevator Design Guidelines”
  • APTA RT EE-RP-001-02, Rev. 1, “Heavy-Duty Transportation System Escalator Design Guidelines”
The Rail Standards Policy & Planning Committee met at the 2017 APTA Rail Conference in Baltimore and had 15 attendees. The bylaws for the committee were adopted. The previously vacant leadership positions were filled and recognized during the meeting, with Allen Smith III from CATS serving as vice chair and Gary Schafer from SEPTA as secretary. Presentations were made on the subjects of track circuit monitoring and fatigue-management program requirements. Eugene Reed gave a brief year-end summary of the rail standards, and Nathan Leventon provided an update on the PRESS standards. If you would like to learn more about the Rail Standards Policy & Planning Committee, please email Charles Joseph at cjoseph@apta.com.
Standards-Dev_242x130.pngAPTA has accelerated its standards document publication process, allowing APTA’s working groups to publish documents monthly. However, this fast-track schedule does not impact the documents’ development process. All transit stakeholders can expect available documents to be posted to APTA’s website for evaluation from the first to the 30th day of the month. It is APTA’s desire that all interested parties review the draft documents, submit comments for consideration and review the work of the authoring APTA Standards Working Group. Public commenting is part of APTA’s continuing support of open standards development activities. The duration for public comment is 30 days.
The CEO review period starts on the fifth day of each month and continues for approximately 12 days. During this period, all transit executives across all transportation modes are engaged to review the draft documents. APTA encourages executives to share the draft with the appropriate individuals on their staff (e.g., administrators, operators and/or maintenance technicians) to evaluate the documents. All executive-level stakeholders are emailed a link to the review site. All documents made available for the CEO review period have completed the public commenting process. Draft documents have addressed and resolved any issues identified during the public commenting review period.
Finally, all available documents that have completed the CEO review process with all issues identified and resolved will advance to the approval stage. The appropriate APTA Standards Policy and Planning Committee will convene as needed to review and approve documents for publication. APTA Standards Policy and Planning Committees are the only entities that can approve or withdraw a document from publication. These committees generally review documents starting on the 20th day of the month. This internal audit of documents may require up to 10 days to complete. Click here for more information.

APTA’s Standards Development Program is governed by the Standards Development Oversight Council (SDOC). This board-designated committee is charged with setting the overall direction for the development and maintenance of standards in the public transportation industry; establishing priority programs among APTA’s modal standards development committees; coordinating standards development activities among these modal groups and other organizations outside APTA, including the federal government; developing and managing a funding mechanism to support APTA’s standards development activities; and promoting the support for and use of standards in the public transportation industry.
The SDOC has established Standards Policy and Planning Committees (SPPCs) for Bus, Rail, Security, Sustainability & Urban Design, and Technology to develop and implement the publication of standards documents. The Standards Policy & Planning Committees’ membership is by appointment only. The SPPCs meet monthly as needed and host a face-to-face meeting annually at one of APTA’s major meetings. The SPPCs create and dissolve working groups as needed to manage standards development activities. The SPPCs drive the priorities and budget for their respective programs.
In the upcoming months and prior to the Annual Meeting and Expo, vacant committee and/or working group positions will be filled (chair, vice chair and secretary), and updated bylaws, policies and procedures will have been issued and implemented. While the membership to the SDOC and SPPCs is by appointment only, membership to an APTA working group is open to all stakeholders, nonmembers, government agencies, manufacturers, etc. If you’re interested in participating on a working group or serving as an officer, please contact the staff adviser for that group. Click here for more information.
Access Granted
access-granted_203x101.pngAPTA’s collaboration pages help committee, working group and technical forum participants extend their activities beyond face-to-face meetings and conference calls. Collaboration pages are secure online workspaces that allow participants to create file folders, share files, edit documents, create micro-blogs and calendars, send notifications, and develop forms approximating cloud-based applications.
To access a collaboration page, you must first create an APTA web account on apta.com. If you have an existing account, you should make sure it is up to date. Secondly, you must request permission to participate on a working group or committee. APTA committees require participants to be employees of an APTA member organization. However, working groups in the Standards Development Program are open to any and all stakeholders. If you’re interested in participating on a working group, you may contact the staff adviser directly or complete this online form.
Sustainability and Urban Design
access-granted_203x101.pngThe APTA Bicycle Accessibility to Transit Working Group is conducting a survey to gather information on bicycle and transit integration for a forthcoming Recommended Practice for transit agencies that are addressing the growing demand for bicycle mobility and connectivity to stations. The Recommended Practice is scheduled to enter the publication process in the fall of 2017. We are inviting you to share your valuable insights.  Click here to take the survey, and please email Zach Smith at zsmith@apta.com if you have any questions or would like more information about the Recommended Practice.
The next working group meeting will be on Wednesday, August 9 during the APTA Sustainability and Multimodal Planning Workshop
Transit CEO Review Period
Documents are ready for review by all bus and rail executive-level administrators and operations professionals. To access the latest set of documents in development, visit the APTA website to read and submit any comments. Your feedback must be received prior to July 16, 2017.
  • APTA RT-SC-S-006-02, Rev. 1, “Time Locking Tests”
  • APTA RT-SC-S-010-02, Rev. 1, “Traffic Locking Tests”
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