rail

Bus News

Using Simulation Training Technology to Embrace the “Safe System Approach”

Published on April 8, 2022

Using Simulation Training Technology to Embrace the “Safe System Approach”
U.S. traffic fatalities have climbed throughout the pandemic, despite 30 years of steady declines. Early this year the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that in just the first nine months of 2021 traffic fatalities increased 12%. That’s the largest such jump in fatalities since 1975. In total, 31,720 people died in traffic accidents … Continued

Public Transport Simulation Training Technology for Situational Awareness

Published on February 18, 2022

Fights on the bus. Verbal harassment and assault. A bus window smashed with a hurled rock. These aren’t new problems, nor unique to Detroit and other major urban hubs. But the tight labor market and high-stress/high-stakes nature of operating public transit in a COVID context has helped the rest of the world sit up and … Continued

“Buying the Bus is the Easy Part” EV/ZEB Bus Driver Training Challenges

Published on January 28, 2022

“Buying the Bus is the Easy Part” EV/ZEB Bus Driver Training Challenges
Given the realities of climate change and energy production, we are moving to a ZEB (zero-emissions bus) world sooner than later and not looking back. As more agencies explore what it will take to transition their fleet, they’re beginning to appreciate that, as one European transit agency recently put it, “buying the [zero-emissions] bus is … Continued

Swappable Panels for Public Transport Simulation Training

Published on October 8, 2021

Swappable Panels for Public Transport Simulation Training
As we’ve discussed in the past, one key to the effectiveness of public transport simulation training is “presence“—i.e., the trainee’s convincing subjective experience of being in an actual vehicle. As Rob Raheb (an internationally published author and expert in simulation and driver training) has noted: “The more realistic the simulation is, the more ‘buy in’ … Continued

EV Bus Driver Training to Combat “Range anxiety”

Published on August 20, 2021

EV Bus Driver Training to Combat “Range anxiety”
It’s no wonder that coach companies and transit agencies are investing millions in new electric buses. In many regions, shifting to EV mass transit will be a game changer. And mass transit, with its emphasis on low-speed stop-and-go driving is perfect for EV buses relying on regenerative braking, turning that traditional fuel-waster into a valuable … Continued

Using Public Transport Simulation Training to Address post-COVID Transit Operator Shortage

Published on June 10, 2021

Using Public Transport Simulation Training to Address post-COVID Transit Operator Shortage
  Even before COVID, there was a nationwide shortage of mass transit operators. More than a year of disruption has only made it worse. While we’re hopefully rounding the bend on COVID, experts now largely agree that herd immunity is not in the immediate future. This is our moment to re-assess how we get things … Continued

Simulation Training Technology: Three Questions to Ask Before Buying a Bus Sim

Published on June 1, 2021

Simulation Training Technology: Three Questions to Ask Before Buying a Bus Sim
  Investing in simulation training technology is serious business. For many agencies, this is a “once-in-a-lifetime” purchase—especially if stakeholders cannot easily see a clear return on the investment.  A poor start can leave a training program floundering for years. Asking these three questions before you begin weighing your options is an important step in building … Continued

Simulator Training Tip: Use Accurate Non-Virtual Custom Cabs to Ensure Training Transfer

Published on May 25, 2021

Simulator Training Tip: Use Accurate Non-Virtual Custom Cabs to Ensure Training Transfer
  We already know that simulator training is excellent for introducing novice operators to large commercial and transit vehicles. But is every driving simulator equally suited to training basic skills? In 2010 researchers took a detailed look at the training of 100 large vehicle operators. (This work was ultimately published in 2011 in the journal … Continued

Starting Out Right with Simulation Training Technology

Published on May 10, 2021

Starting Out Right with Simulation Training Technology
  No piece of simulation training technology can “fix” a broken training program—or replace one entirely. But the right sim can be a powerful tool for improving any training program. The key to a successful rollout is to start with a clear idea of what “success” looks like. Establishing a Focused Goal for your Simulation … Continued

Bus Driving Training: Using Your Sim to Rapidly Teach the Fundamentals

Published on May 4, 2021

Bus Driving Training: Using Your Sim to Rapidly Teach the Fundamentals
  The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is the fifth-largest transit authority in the U.S. They’ve relied on simulation-based bus driving training since 2006. In recent years they’ve discovered that their sims are especially good for teaching driving fundamentals to new operators. According to expert instructor Derek Sullivan, “I find the most use [of the … Continued