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Safety Analysis of Transit Bus Operators

Title: Safety Analysis of Transit Bus Operators: Implications of Service Hours and Fatigue.
Name(s): Mtoi, Enock T., author
Moses, Ren, professor directing thesis
Sobanjo, John, committee member
Razig, Yassir Abdel, committee member
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2010
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This research study examines the safety impacts of the existing operator hours of duty policies in the state of Florida. Thus, this study uses questionnaire surveys, incident data archived by transit agencies and bus driver schedules to determine the relationship between crash involvement and operator schedules. It is obvious that long driving hours have a potential of causing fatigue, which is known as a contributing factor for collisions. This research examines the influence of bus operator driving hours on the occurrence of preventable collisions by employing data from incident reports and operator schedules to evaluate the correlation between driving hours and operator involvement in collisions. Several methods of analysis including a statistical t-test, a comparative analysis, an overrepresentation analysis, Chi-square analysis and logistic regression analysis are employed. The results show a discernable pattern of an increased propensity of accident involvement with an increase in driving hours. Based on the analysis, on average, bus drivers who are involved in preventable collisions drive over six hours more than the general bus driver population. According to the findings of this study, it is clear that the present regulation that limits drivers' on-duty time to a maximum of seventy hours per week needs to be revised.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-2212 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2010.
Date of Defense: October 15, 2010.
Keywords: Safety Analysis, Service Hours, Fatigue
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Ren Moses, Professor Directing Thesis; John Sobanjo, Committee Member; Yassir Abdel Razig, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Civil engineering
Environmental engineering
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Owner Institution: FSU

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Mtoi, E. T. (2010). Safety Analysis of Transit Bus Operators: Implications of Service Hours and Fatigue. Retrieved from