FTA Proposes Measures to Prevent Transit Operator Fatigue

Public transit is the only type of transportation not already subject to ‘hours of service’ and fatigue risk management regulations.

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November 28, 2023, 9:00 AM PST

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction


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According to an article in Safety & Health, “Citing high-profile transit incidents in which worker fatigue played a role, the Federal Transit Administration is considering minimum standards for hours of service and fatigue risk management programs for the industry.”

“The notice details HOS and fatigue risk management program recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board and FTA’s Transit Advisory Committee for Safety. Additionally, it includes information on American Public Transportation Association consensus standards and other relevant federal regulations.” The American Public Transportation Association, for example, has a standard of 12 hours of service for train operators, with a “maximum duty day” of 16 hours and minimum off-duty time of 10 hours.

The agency is receiving public comment on the issue until December 29.

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