Transit Security Preparedness
Report Number: S-146
Publication Date: 4/1/2020
Sixty percent of the transit-industry practitioners surveyed rate their transit agency’s efforts to address their major security challenges as somewhat or very successful. However, only 25 percent say they have implemented any security-risk-reduction program that they consider to be exceptional or exemplary.
This report identifies current practices transit systems can use to enhance their security measures and to identify opportunities to apply security technology applications used in other industries to the transit environment.
One size does not fit all in the context of transit security. However, there are common themes in all effective security preparedness approaches.
Attracting, Retaining, and Advancing Women in Transit
Report Number: S-147
Publication Date: 3/11/2020
Women have traditionally been underrepresented within the transit workforce. However, the percentage of women within transit agencies appears to be increasing, and many transit agencies report that the percentage of women advancing into management and leadership positions has also been increasing over the past 5 years.
This report explores the strategies that have been deployed in transit and other related industries in order to attract, retain, and advance women in a variety of roles.
A critical first step to ensure success in these areas is to remove barriers to entry and address challenges women face once employed.
Multimodal Fare Payment Integration
Report Number: S-144
Publication Date: 3/02/2020
Nearly all transit agencies are seeing potential benefits to multimodal payment convergence. However, many agencies find that implementing necessary upgrades is cost-prohibitive, which is the biggest barrier to full adoption.
This report documents current practices and experiences of transit agencies dealing with the complexities of multimodal fare payment convergence. It also provides background and an overview of the program, status of each of TCRP’s projects, and a summary of some of the program’s accomplishments for the year.
Minutes Matter: A Bus Transit Service Reliability Guidebook
Report Number: R-215
Publication Date: 2/24/2020
This report is a pre-publication draft, it develops and details eight steps that a transit agency should undertake to develop and maintain a Reliability Improvement Program.
There is also a Power Point presentation that provides an overview of the project accompanying the report.
Analysis of Recent Public Transit Ridership Trends
Report Number: R-209
Publication Date: 2/19/2019
This report presents a current snapshot of public transit ridership trends in the U.S. on bus and rail services in urban and suburban areas, focusing on what has changed in the past several years. It also explores and presents strategies that transit agencies are considering and using for all transit modes in response to changes in ridership.
Ten case studies are included to better understand individual strategies transit agencies are using to mitigate ridership losses and increase ridership overall. Nearly every transit agency investigated in the case studies had ridership increases between 2012 and 2015 followed by steady decreases in ridership. Generally, on-time performance has been improving, although it is not causing transit ridership to increase.
Current Practices in the Use of Onboard Technologies to Avoid Transit Bus Incidents and Accidents
Report Number: S-145
Publication Date: 2/07/2020
This report documents the current practices in the use of the various onboard technologies on transit buses to prevent incidents and accidents, with a primary objective of determining whether these technologies are effective in actual practice.
The examination shows that many transit agencies are proactively instituting a number of approaches to address these collisions, including the piloting and use of collision avoidance technologies, such as forward collision warning (FCW), emergency braking, lane departure warning (LDW), and electronic stability control (ESC).