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1 GCRTA Euclid Corridor Transportation Project (ECTP) GCRTA Euclid Corridor Transportation Project (ECTP) Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Safety & Security Certification

2 2 Outline of Topics ECTP BRT Certification Scope ECTP BRT Certification Scope Unique Issues Associated with ECTP BRT Certification Unique Issues Associated with ECTP BRT Certification Certification Successes Certification Successes Future Hurdles for BRT Certification Future Hurdles for BRT Certification Safety and Security Certification Tasks, Project Life Cycle. Safety and Security Certification Tasks, Project Life Cycle.

3 3 ECTP BRT Certification Scope ECTP BRT - 9.4 miles ECTP BRT - 9.4 miles Downtown Transit Zone - 2.3 milesDowntown Transit Zone - 2.3 miles Euclid Ave BRT - 7.1 milesEuclid Ave BRT - 7.1 miles Modification to existing maintenance facilities Modification to existing maintenance facilities Stations/bus stops Stations/bus stops 5 median consolidated left side discharge stations5 median consolidated left side discharge stations 26 median right side discharge stations26 median right side discharge stations 29 curb side stops29 curb side stops 21 Rapid Transit Vehicles (RTVs). 21 Rapid Transit Vehicles (RTVs).

4 4 Unique Issues Associated w/ Certification Modifications to Central Bus Maintenance Facility & Hayden Garage Modifications to Central Bus Maintenance Facility & Hayden Garage RTV maneuverability restrictionsRTV maneuverability restrictions Lifts: adjustable 3-post lift & parallelogram liftLifts: adjustable 3-post lift & parallelogram lift Fall protectionFall protection Gas detection system relationship w/ the new interior doorGas detection system relationship w/ the new interior door Wash rack.Wash rack.

5 5 # of intersections w/ protected left hand turn lanes # of intersections w/ protected left hand turn lanes Contra-flow Contra-flow Lack of lane separations (pavement cut rumble strips only). Lack of lane separations (pavement cut rumble strips only). Left-Turn Only Lane Westbound Only Lane Eastbound Bus Only Lane Westbound Bus Only Lane Unique Issues Associated w/ Certification (Contd)

6 6 15 high median stations 15 high median stations Pedestrian crossings & Jay-walking issuesPedestrian crossings & Jay-walking issues Potential head strikes from the mirrors of approaching busesPotential head strikes from the mirrors of approaching buses Integrating existing fleetIntegrating existing fleet Docking arm system design Docking arm system design Wheel studs striking the median platform. Wheel studs striking the median platform. Platform edge durability. Platform edge durability. Unique Issues Associated w/ Certification (Contd)

7 7 Rapid Transit Vehicle (RTV) Rapid Transit Vehicle (RTV) 60 ft articulated bus60 ft articulated bus 3-right side & 2-left side doors3-right side & 2-left side doors Hybrid-driveHybrid-drive New bus liftsNew bus lifts New bridge platesNew bridge plates Mechanical Precision Docking (MPD)Mechanical Precision Docking (MPD) Operator & mechanic training.Operator & mechanic training.

8 8 Unique Issues Associated w/ Certification (Contd) Rapid Transit Vehicle (RTV) (Contd) Rapid Transit Vehicle (RTV) (Contd) Vapor door system – sensitive edgeVapor door system – sensitive edge 22 RTV retrofits – work in progress, some impact to certification time-line22 RTV retrofits – work in progress, some impact to certification time-line 170 verifiable items per RTV (certifiable items) 3570 total verifiable items for the fleet of 21 RTVs.170 verifiable items per RTV (certifiable items) 3570 total verifiable items for the fleet of 21 RTVs.

9 9 Unique Issues Associated w/ Certification (Contd) Requirements to issue interim operations permit/certificate for multiple operating segments Requirements to issue interim operations permit/certificate for multiple operating segments Downtown Transit Zone, 3 permits issuedDowntown Transit Zone, 3 permits issued Open roadway segments, E. 17th to E. 55 th andOpen roadway segments, E. 17th to E. 55 th and E. 55 th to E. 86 th E. 55 th to E. 86 th Without project communication systems Without project communication systems Without docking arm system on existing bus fleet Without docking arm system on existing bus fleet Initial operable segment with RTV and complete system, Oct 08.Initial operable segment with RTV and complete system, Oct 08.

10 10 Certification Successes An active safety and security certification review committee (SSCRC) An active safety and security certification review committee (SSCRC) Threat and Vulnerability Assessment (TVA) Threat and Vulnerability Assessment (TVA) Station roof modifications Station roof modifications Bollards at station ramps Bollards at station ramps Safety analysis on the MPD Safety analysis on the MPD Lock out knife switch for RTVs Lock out knife switch for RTVs Certification tasks inclusion in project master schedule. Certification tasks inclusion in project master schedule.

11 11 Certification Successes (Contd) Preliminary hazards analysis (PHAs) tracked throughout project, critical hazards addressed Preliminary hazards analysis (PHAs) tracked throughout project, critical hazards addressed Implementation of interim operations permits Implementation of interim operations permits 100 % certification to date 100 % certification to date CO1, Transit Zone, North of Euclid AveCO1, Transit Zone, North of Euclid Ave CO6, Bus maintenance facilities modificationCO6, Bus maintenance facilities modification CO3, Innerbelt to E. 79th StCO3, Innerbelt to E. 79th St Operational planning within the agency Operational planning within the agency Emergency incident table top exercise Emergency incident table top exercise An active Fire-Life Safety Committee. An active Fire-Life Safety Committee.

12 12 Future Hurdles for BRT Certification Certification efforts need to start at the right time during the project life cycle, Planning and PE Phase Certification efforts need to start at the right time during the project life cycle, Planning and PE Phase Outdated FTA certification handbook Outdated FTA certification handbook BRT certification not addressed in FTAs handbook BRT certification not addressed in FTAs handbook Education of PMOCs to the basic certification process. Education of PMOCs to the basic certification process. Handbook for Transit Safety & Security Certification

13 13 Future Hurdles for BRT Certification (Contd) Bus Start-up Operations not as constrained as Fixed Guideway Start-up Bus Start-up Operations not as constrained as Fixed Guideway Start-up Bus Start-up Zones overlap limits of contracts requiring interim permits/certificates Bus Start-up Zones overlap limits of contracts requiring interim permits/certificates

14 14 Construction Preliminary Engineering (PE) Conceptual to 30% Design Final Design 30%/60%/90% Design Planning Phase Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Long Range Metropolitan Transportation Plan, 20 Yr Vision. Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) Local & State Transit Improvement Plan (STIP) 3 Year Plans Prioritized List of Projects for Funding Testing Start-up Pre-Revenue Service 3 Years1-2 Years 2-3 Years < 1 Year 20 Years Revenue Service Perform Step 4: Perform construction specification construction specification conformance. conformance. Includes Vehicle (Bus/Rail) Specification Conformance Process. Step 5: Identify additional safety and security test requirements Step 6: Monitor testing & validation. Step 7: Verify integrated tests. Step 8: Track Open Items Step 9: Verify operational readiness. Step 10: Conduct final readiness determination / Issue Safety & Security Certification. Agency Decision on Certification Method: + Self Certification + Self Certification + Certification Consultant + Certification Consultant 3 rd Party 3 rd Party + Designer of Record + Designer of Record + Construction Contractor + Construction Contractor + Or any combination of + Or any combination of the above. the above. PMP Review SSMP Review + Basic Certification Methodology SSC Training TVA PHAs SSC Plan SSCRC FLSSC S&S Design Review Data Base for PHAs, SCILs & NCRs S&S Design Review Value Engineering (VE) Track Open Items PHAs, SCILs, & NCRs Convert un-resolved PHAs to OHAs SSPP Update SSP Update Track Open Items PHAs, SCILs, & NCRs Review Construction & Vehicle Procurement Change Orders Verify Operational CILs Emergency Exercises/Training Interim Operations Permits S&S Operational Hazard Checklists & Inspections Pre-revenue Service Operations Testing Final Verification Report Project Close out Step 1: Identify certifiable elements Step 2: Provide Input to the development of the safety & security design criteria Step 3: Develop and complete design criteria conformance checklists Includes Vehicle Procurement (Bus/Rail) Certification Methodology Steps FTA & FHWA Funding FTA Review & Approval FTA Review & Approval Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) Approval Related Certification Activities and Tasks SSC Tasks, Project Life Cycle

15 15 Summary ECTP BRT Certification Scope ECTP BRT Certification Scope Unique Issues Associated with ECTP BRT Certification Unique Issues Associated with ECTP BRT Certification Certification Successes Certification Successes Future Hurdles for BRT Certification Future Hurdles for BRT Certification Safety and Security Certification Tasks, Project Life Cycle. Safety and Security Certification Tasks, Project Life Cycle.

16 Thank You for Your Attention! Thank You for Your Attention! Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Safety & Security Certification


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