Safety First, Safety Always

“Have a safe trip!” This is something we hear all the time; but how conscious are we of our general safety and security? Let’s play out a scenario…

Your dinner reservation is in half an hour and you are still not ready! Frantic thoughts start running through your head - “There is no way I am making it on time with traffic at this hour!” and “Now I have to park in the street or pay for a garage spot.” Most of us have been in this situation – whether it’s dinner or somewhere else important that we fear we will be late. So, you start to find an easier way to get to your end destination, furiously clicking through your phone to get that Uber app open and hit request - will we make it in time?

Usually, the answer would be no – but with an increasingly connected mobility system (think UberPOOL, Lyft Line and Bike Shares to get you to that last mile), there is greater efficiency and accessibility for riders, making it more than possible to make it on time. While we’re waiting for that ride we just scheduled, we often aren’t thinking about how safe it is, the bigger concern is just about getting to our destination on time.


There is growing talk about the future of integrated mobility; from mobility on demand to autonomous vehicles, all building up to the course and imminence of a mobile revolution. The question that remains is, how does this change impact our safety and security?

From cars and buses to bikes and trains and everything in between, we are always moving. Through an increasingly intelligent interconnected urban transportation infrastructure, there are new ways to get from one point to another. As the famous quote states: “With this power comes great responsibility”. In the transit industry, we translate that to: “With new mobility, comes greater responsibility to keep passengers safe”.

With public transportation, there are benefits that automatically stick out to us - when we think of taking public transit, such as an often-cheaper fare, reducing our carbon footprint and saving the environment. But how much do we think about safety as a benefit? Did you know it was a benefit? There is a common notion that driving is safer than transit, but after we did some digging around we found some safety facts we’d like to share.

According to a study from the Journal of Public Transportation, the risks associated with traveling by car or truck are roughly 60 times greater than travel by public transportation on a bus! This year, the U.S Department of Transportation stated that connected vehicles have the potential to address approximately 80% of vehicle crash scenarios involving unimpaired drivers.  This has been enabled by vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication technology and standards, which has in turn, led to crash avoidance and other safety applications that improve our overall safety. 

Safety and security may be terms we use and hear in our daily life and we can all agree that they are crucial elements in public transportation.  So much so, there are regulations that drive safety forward. In 2016, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) introduced new proposals that focused even more attention on safety issues; the proposed regulations required an annual review of a new safety management system that would overhaul everything from risk management to emergency preparation to response capabilities. The FTA’s actions were in response to Congressional requirement imposed by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act. In turn, RATP Dev proactively created and implemented drive2zero™ , our Safety Management System (SMS).

The concrete term for this approach is to increase safety culture at RATP Dev operations by incorporating four critical components: Safety Policy, Risk Management, Safety Assurance and Safety Promotion, that provide a systematic approach to achieving acceptable levels of safety risk. Check out this insightful infographic that details the core elements of drive2zero™, resulting in a greater ease of mind as you step into your next mode of public transport.

In the meantime, review the 5 tips below from our drive2zero™ team on safe driving (whether your jumping on a bus or into your personal vehicle):

  1. Check the overall condition of the vehicle before you start. i.e. Brakes, Tires, Rear View & Side Mirrors. Check Wipers, Head Lights, Turn Signals and other warning Lights.
  2. Always watch out for signboards/indicators on both sides of the road
  3. Always expect the unexpected, accidents do not only happen by your mistakes
  4. Always drive slow during rainy and foggy conditions. Use head lights or turn signals, so that others can see you quickly
  5. Move slowly and take extra care while reversing your vehicle. Before reversing be sure and check that the path behind you is clear



Photo Credit: Photo by Anna Dziubinska on Unsplash

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