August 21, 2019

MBTA Takes Initiative to Conduct an Organizational Safety Culture Assessment

In July 2019, MBTA contracted through a third-party firm, which subcontracted with K&J, to perform a detailed organizational safety culture assessment. This was initiated by MBTA leadership after several derailments and near miss events that have taken place at the property over the last few years and more so, with two derailments in a 4-day period in June 2019. This assessment involves conducting interviews at all levels of the organization, evaluating how well the SMS program and ASP requirements are integrated within the organization from the executive leadership, down to all operational aspects of all modes of transportation within MBTA. […]
August 21, 2019

Hitachi Exercise Contract

In July 2019, K&J was awarded an Emergency Exercise Support Contract with Hitachi Rail STS with taskings to support the Hitachi Honolulu Rail Project. This work includes planning, executing, and evaluating table top and full-scale exercises, ICS/NIMS training and other operational support requirements as needed.
August 21, 2019

TSI/FTA Course Updates

K&J staff, through FTA/TSI guidance and a final review/approval process, updated three TSI catalog courses in 2019. These courses included FT0051, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) (January 2019); FT00551, Safety, Security, and Emergency Management Considerations for FTA Capital Improvement Projects (FTACP) (January 2019); and FT00538, Transit System Safety and Security Design Review (TSSS-DR) (March 2019). All three classes have been taught this year with final edits completed and ready for publication for the upcoming training year.
August 21, 2019

Greater Cleveland RTA – Brookpark Rail Yard and Shop Preliminary Site Inspection

In July 2019, K&J, along with its subconsultant HNTB, conducted and produced a site inspection report that covered the safety hazards within the rail maintenance facility and yard complex. The hazards related to recent arcing incidents within the maintenance pit area, defects with the traction power negative return, facility and track grounding concerns, and track installation lacking appropriate isolation. This work included new rail isolation joints (IJs) installed for the yard and maintenance facility, the new negative return installation tying back to the TPSS, and rail bonding jumpers at the bolted rail joints. Recommendations included immediate repair items and detailed […]