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A robust


enhances an entire system
By creating
solutions, using
messaging and
and equipment
maintains high
safety standards.
By Megan Perrero,
assistant editor


MNITRANS HAS BEEN FOcused on enhancing the safety
and security of both its daily
operations and emergency readiness and has recently been recognized for these efforts.
The agency's initiatives touch
on almost every aspect of the
system, from providing improvements
to coach operator training and implementing new safety features on buses, to
creating an emergency response communications system and piloting automated
collision avoidance technology. These
proactive initiatives provide increased
safety and security to employees, passengers and pedestrians alike.
But in order to create a strong safety culture, Omnitrans doesn't stop at
introducing more programs and initiatives. The agency works to develop
a safety culture beyond technology
with constant and consistent communication and by rewarding those who
achieve safety milestones. Thanks to
these efforts, the agency sees reduced
preventable accidents and, in turn, reduced costs. According to the American
Public Transportation Agency (APTA),

Omnitrans now averages approximately nine million revenue miles annually
with about 121,000 miles between preventable accidents.

Award-winning safety
and security programs

This past spring, Omnitrans was awarded APTA's 2019 Bus Safety and Security Excellence Awards for developing an
amateur radio service and implementing
several technology-driven programs that
enhanced its safety culture.
Omnitrans' service area is in a region
prone to earthquakes, wildfires and flash
flooding, and it noted a possible lack of
communication with first responders
during an emergency if the cell towers
and land lines were to go down. The
agency developed the Inland Valley
Emergency Communications Service
(IVECS) to ensure the constant ability
to communicate with first responders.
IVECS is an amateur (ham) radio service
which has grown from eight members in
2015 to 22 members in 2019.
IVECS members, which include community entities such as cities, local police
departments, school districts, hospitals
NOVEMBER 2019 | | Mass Transit |


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Mass Transit

Ad Index
Editor's Notebook
People & Places
NRC Chairman's Column
A Robust Safety Culture Enhances an Entire System
U.S. Transit Safety and Security Report 2019
Going Vertical: The Upside of Multi-Level Transit Facilities
Considering the Rail Passenger Purview
Best Practices
Social Hubs
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