Pedestrian Safety Guide for Transit Agencies

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1. Report No. FHWA-SA-07-017 2. Government Accession No. 3. Recipient's Catalog No.
4. Title and Subtitle: Pedestrian Safety Guide for Transit Agencies 5. Report Date: February 2008
6. Performing Organization Code
7. Author(s): Dan Nabors, Robert Schneider, Dalia Leven, Kimberly Lieberman, Colleen Mitchell. 8. Performing Organization Report No.
9. Performing Organization Name and Address: (TRAIS)
Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.
8601 Georgia Ave., Suite 710
Silver Springs, MD 20910
10. Work Unit No.
11. Contract or Grant No. DTFH61-05-00024
12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address: Federal Highway Administration Office of Safety 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE Washington, DC 20590 13. Type of Report and Period Covered: Final Guide 2006 to 2008
14. Sponsoring Agency Code: FHWA/HSSD
15. Supplementary Notes: The contract manager for this report was Tamara Redmon (FHWA Office of Safety). Toole Design Group, and UNC Highway Safety Research Center, and PerformTech were subcontractors. Robert Schneider (Toole Design Group) was the Principal Investigator. John Fegan (FHWA), Gabe Rousseau (FHWA), Paula Bawer (NHTSA), and other FHWA and NHTSA staff reviewed the guide and provided valuable feedback. Significant contributions were also made by Frank Spielberg, Mike McArdle, Terry Byrne, and Rick Carey of VHB, Laura Sandt of HSRC, and RJ Eldridge of Toole Design Group. Sandra Guerrero (VHB) performed the document design and layout with contributions from Michael Daul (UNC-HSRC).

The project team gratefully acknowledges the input provided by the technical working group over the course of this project:

  • Daniel Castillo, NC Peace Officers Organization, Charlotte, NC
  • Tab Combs, Chapel Hill Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Amy W. Datz, Florida Department of Transportation, Tallahassee, FL
  • Mae Golden, The Disability Network, Flint, MI
  • Carol Kachadoorian, Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority, Washington, DC
  • Ron Kilcoyne, Greater Bridgeport Transit Authority, Bridgeport, CT
  • David O’Connell, Mason County Transit, Community Transit Assn. of America Board of Directors, Shelton, WA
  • Paula Reeves, Washington State DOT, Olympia, WA
  • Linda Walker, HARTLine, Tampa, FL
  • Chris Wells, Fairfax County Department of Transportation, Fairfax, VA
Images were provided by Toole Design, UNC-HSRC, VHB, Michael Ronkin, Dan Burden, Mae Golden, WMATA, Montgomery County, Maryland, DDOT, David O’Connell, Michelle Mowery, Virginia Coffman, Michelle Scism, and Jennifer Valentine.
16. Abstract: The guide is intended to provide transit agency staff with an easy-to-use resource for improving pedestrian safety. The guide includes a variety of approaches to address common pedestrian safety issues that are likely to arise near transit stations, bus stops, and other places where transit (bus or rail) is operated. It provides references to publications, guides and other tools to identify pedestrian safety problems. Descriptions of engineering, education and enforcement programs that have been effectively applied by transit agencies are included as well as background information about pedestrian safety and access to transit.
17. Key Words: Pedestrian, transit, bus, bus stops, safety, engineering, partnerships 18. Distribution Statement No restrictions: No restrictions. This document is available to the public through the National Technical Information Service, Springfield, Virginia 22161
19. Security Classif. (of this report): Unclassified 20. Security Classif. (of this page): Unclassified 21. No. of Pages: 60 22. Price

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