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Assessing safety level of bus stops in the absence of crash data

Cheranchery, M. F. and Bhattacharya, Kinjal and Maitra, Bhargab and Boltze, Manfred (2016):
Assessing safety level of bus stops in the absence of crash data.
95th Annual Meeting, In: Transportation Research Board, [Online-Edition: http://www.verkehr.tu-darmstadt.de/media/verkehr/fgvv/prof_b...],
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Abstract

Road safety is a major concern in emerging countries such as India and bus stops are the major points of concern as they act as interfaces where the pedestrians interact with transit vehicles. However, it is a challenge to evaluate bus stop safety in the context of emerging nations as reliable crash data near bus stops are generally unavailable. This paper presents a four-step methodology to assess the safety level of bus stops by analyzing the existing bus stop facilities in the absence of crash data. The methodology has been applied to evaluate the safety level of 45 existing bus stops located along a typical urban corridor in the Kolkata metropolitan city, India. The unsafe acts were identified and causal factors were classified in terms of design and management deficiencies, safety levels of bus stops along the corridor were assessed, prioritization of the bus stops was carried out and appropriate recommendations were made to improve the safety levels. While the methodology developed in this study is expected to be of interest to the researchers in the field of public transport safety, the application of the methodology as demonstrated in this paper is likely to encourage the practitioners to apply a similar approach to identify safety lacunas at bus stops and take appropriate measures for improvement.

Item Type: Article
Erschienen: 2016
Creators: Cheranchery, M. F. and Bhattacharya, Kinjal and Maitra, Bhargab and Boltze, Manfred
Title: Assessing safety level of bus stops in the absence of crash data
Language: English
Abstract:

Road safety is a major concern in emerging countries such as India and bus stops are the major points of concern as they act as interfaces where the pedestrians interact with transit vehicles. However, it is a challenge to evaluate bus stop safety in the context of emerging nations as reliable crash data near bus stops are generally unavailable. This paper presents a four-step methodology to assess the safety level of bus stops by analyzing the existing bus stop facilities in the absence of crash data. The methodology has been applied to evaluate the safety level of 45 existing bus stops located along a typical urban corridor in the Kolkata metropolitan city, India. The unsafe acts were identified and causal factors were classified in terms of design and management deficiencies, safety levels of bus stops along the corridor were assessed, prioritization of the bus stops was carried out and appropriate recommendations were made to improve the safety levels. While the methodology developed in this study is expected to be of interest to the researchers in the field of public transport safety, the application of the methodology as demonstrated in this paper is likely to encourage the practitioners to apply a similar approach to identify safety lacunas at bus stops and take appropriate measures for improvement.

Journal or Publication Title: Transportation Research Board
Volume: 95th Annual Meeting
Uncontrolled Keywords: safety level, bus stop, prioritization, design deficiency, management deficiency, emerging countries
Divisions: 13 Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Sciences
13 Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Sciences > Institutes of Transportation
13 Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Sciences > Institutes of Transportation > Institute for Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering
Event Title: Transportation Research Board, 95th Annual Meeting
Event Location: Washington D.C., USA
Event Dates: 10.-14. Januar 2016
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2016 12:27
Official URL: http://www.verkehr.tu-darmstadt.de/media/verkehr/fgvv/prof_b...
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