CUTR’s Lisa Staes and Jodi Godfrey’s FTA report “FTA Standards Development Program: Crashworthiness/Crash Energy Management for Transit Bus (Report 0179)” was recently published and now available online.

This research includes an examination of the standards, guidelines, and recommendations associated with crashworthiness and Crash Energy Management (CEM) for transit buses, including articulated buses, BRT buses, and paratransit body-on-chassis buses. Included in this review are standards that exist in the U.S., including Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) and state standards and those developed and adopted by entities outside the U.S., including the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and Australia. This examination also includes standards issued by Standards Development Organizations (SDOs). Where data were available, it also presents recommendations from previous studies and reports that establish the efficacy of any established standards.

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