Research on Fatigue in Transit Operations

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) Conference on Research on Fatigue in Transit Operations was conducted October 12–13, 2011, at the Keck Center of the National Academies in Washington, D.C. The conference, which was sponsored by the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) and TRB, focused on operator fatigue in public transportation.

TRB assembled a committee, appointed by the National Research Council, to organize and develop the conference program. Speakers highlighted experiences addressing fatigue in other transportation modes, health effects of fatigue, safety impacts of fatigue, and fatigue issues and initiatives in transit. Participants also discussed potential topics for further research and outreach activities. The conference summary report is based on the conference agenda and includes summaries of the presentations and the research needs discussion. The conference attracted 49 participants from transit agencies, federal agencies, labor unions, universities, and the private sector. Their range of experience provided for a stimulating ex-change of ideas.

This report has been prepared by the conference rapporteur as a factual summary of what occurred at the conference. The planning committee’s role was limited to planning and convening the conference. The views contained in the report are those of individual participants and do not necessarily represent the views of all conference participants, the planning committee, TRB, or the National Research Council.

This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise in accordance with procedures approved by the National Research Council’s Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making the published summary as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for clarity, objectivity, and responsiveness to the project charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the process.

TRB thanks the following individuals for their review of this report: Judith Gertler, QinetiQ NorthAmerica, Inc.,Waltham, Massachusetts; Karen E. Philbrick, Mineta Transportation Institute, San José, California; John R. Plante, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago, Illinois; James Stem, United Transportation Union, Washington, D.C.; and Eric Wolf, AMTRAN, Altoona, Pennsylvania.

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