Though passenger safety regulations’ controlled by FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) and APTA (American Public Transportation Association) have mandated maximum occupancy, proper installation and safety techniques for equipment, and appropriate communication of passenger safety regulations, passenger safety on America’s public Transit is still lacking on many fronts.
Public Transit: Fraught with dangers
- Very poor communication of passenger safety rules.
- Stationary signs are crowded, unnoticed, and ineffective.
- Drivers have many other responsibilities, and cannot relay safety information or stop information to each passenger without causing other hazards.
As a result of these inadequacies implementing automated systems are becoming the standard way to deal with increased passenger expectations and the rise in traffic, congestion, and other road vulnerabilities.
These systems are wide ranged and comprehensive to include Intelligent Transit Systems, Integrated Passenger Information Systems, LED Bus Signs, Automated voice announcements, visible indicators and sensors for pedestrians “pedestrian safety” and LED Stop Signs.
What are Intelligent Transit Systems (ITS)?
- GPS-guided and automated they function to reduce driver distraction.
- Alert drivers and dispatch to maintenance, safety, or equipment issues.
How can LED bus signs enhance your passengers’ safety and overall experience?
Integrated Passenger Information Systems
- Display schedule, weather, and route changes.
- Allow passengers to monitor and plan schedules.
- Allow passengers to communicate and report issues to management.
LED bus signs (interior and exterior)
- Interior facing to communicate to existing passengers.
- Can include hazard alerts and inclement weather warnings.
- Communicates safety practices and regulations with driver interaction or distraction.
Exterior facing to communicate with waiting passengers and potential clients
Also communicates with other drivers, pedestrians, and potential law enforcement
An emergency button/panic switch “silent alarm” activates the exterior signs to read EMERGENCY CALL 911 and can alert dispatch operations and emergency services.
Automated voice announcements (AVA)
- Ensures all communication is easily seen and or/heard.
- Ensures disabled, blind, and elderly passengers receive full communication.
- Automated by GPS or other specific triggers with little or no driver involvement
External indicators and sensors for pedestrians “pedestrian safety”
- Can announce and flash to pedestrians to avoid bus traffic.
- Can alert driver to pedestrians in vehicle route.
- Activated by turn signal.
LED stop sign
- Can be used to increase safety for all drivers, especially school buses and paratransit vehicles without clearly marked stops.
- Can trigger automatically based on vehicle proximity to stop.
- Can visually and audibly warn passengers that the vehicle will be stopping prior to brakes being applied.
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