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A Guide to Planning Resources on Transportation and Hazards
Report Number: RRD-090
This report highlights a framework for thinking about the stages of a disaster, and identifies some of the most current and innovative hazard-related research.
A Guide to Public Transportation Security Resources
A Guide to Public Transportation Security Resources
Report Number: RRD-059
Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, public transportation systems across the nation have assessed and upgraded their security functions and capabilities.  As a result, the transportation industry has produced an abundance of security-related resources, such as training courses and materials, guides, manuals, reports, projects, programs, seminars and conferences.  This digest list many of the resources recently made available to public transportation systems across the United States. Transportation providers can now easily acquire and learn from these resources.
Applicability of Portable Explosive Detection Devices in Transit Environments
Applicability of Portable Explosive Detection Devices in Transit Environments
Report Number: R-086 Volume 06
With the current high level of security awareness in the transit environment and the considerable proportion of bomb threats that are hoaxes, law-enforcement and transit-security officials need decision-making tools to investigate threats before taking action.  The use of technology is one option for safely investigating bomb threats.  Some transit agencies deploy bomb-sniffing canine unites, but the dogs can only work a short period of time before they are fatigue.  This report addresses the need to determine the usefulness of existing portable explosive detection devices (EDDs) in a transit environment .  The technology is predicated on trace-vapor detection of explosive residues using mobility spectrometry.
Assessment of Rear Facing Wheelchair Accomodation on Bus Rapid Transit
Assessment of Rear Facing Wheelchair Accomodation on Bus Rapid Transit
Report Number: IDEA-38
This report evaluates rear facing wheelchair securement for Bus Rapid Transit and investigates wheelchair and wheelchair-user response to this method.
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Audible Signals for Pedestrian Safety in LRT Environments
Audible Signals for Pedestrian Safety in LRT Environments
Report Number: RRD-084
This digest provides guidelines for the application of audible signals for pedestrian safety in light rail transit (LRT) environments. The guidelines include descriptions of audible signal systems and associated operating procedures, their integration of audible signal systems and associated operating procedures, their integration with other crossing measures, criteria for their use, and their effectivenss and limitation.
Bandwidth Expansion and Real-Time Surveillance for Security on Transit Buses
Bandwidth Expansion and Real-Time Surveillance for Security on Transit Buses
Report Number: IDEA-37
The purpose of this project was to develop a real-time video surveillance technology for enhanced security on transit buses.  The system uses digital cameras on buses, and adds a broad-bandwidth wireless network modem and software to expand the bandwidth for the wireless transmission of streaming digital video.
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Bus Operator Workstation Design for Improving Occupational Health and Safety
Report Number: R-185
This report is a pre-publication, non-edited draft.  It provides guidance to transit agencies and bus manufacturers as they integrate emerging technologies into current procurement practices and improve bus operator workstation design across the transit industry.
 
 The research produced practical guidance documents and tools applicable to the procurement process and bus design, including a suggested procurement process and strategies for transit agencies to develop, train, and support a bus procurement team; training for the procurement team, including an ergonomics training module for bus operators; guidelines to update TCRP Report 25: Bus Operator Workstation Evaluation and Design Guidelines; and a digital model of a bus operator workstation that may be used by designers and transit agencies to develop specifications.
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Bus Use of Shoulders
Bus Use of Shoulders
Report Number: S-064
This synthesis documents and summarizes transit agencies' experiences with policies and regulations that permit buses to use shoulders on arterial roads or freeways to bypass congestion either as interim or long-term treatments. Both the transit and highway perspectives are explored. The purpose is to identify and obtain information and experience about jurisdictions that allow bus use of shoulders and about how jurisdictions have considered, but have not implemented, these treatments and the reasons why. This topic will be of interest to transit agency and highway organization staff responsible for bus use of shoulders.
Chemical and Biological Decontamination System for Rail Transit Facilities
Chemical and Biological Decontamination System for Rail Transit Facilities
Report Number: IDEA-45
This report is an investigation into the potential use and effectiveness of a remotely operated Electrostatically Charged Aerosol Decontamination (ECAD) process for decontaminating a rail transit station after a chemical or biological release.
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Cleaning and Recoating Electrified Third Rail Cover Boards
Cleaning and Recoating Electrified Third Rail Cover Boards
Report Number: IDEA-44
The purpose of this project was to develop a system to clean and recoat in place the fiberglass reinforced plastic cover boards on electrified third rails for rail rapid transit systems.  Several surface coating materials were considered and applied to deteriorated cover board segments to evaluate and to select the appropriate coating material.  This project included development, proof of concept, and prototype testing.
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