Does RIPTA’s $400,000 “Safe Turn Alert” System Work?

Friday, April 21, 2017
GoLocalProv News Team and Kate Nagle

Protran System
A GoLocal review of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority's new “safe turn alert” system raises concerns about the deployment of the $400,000 in Rhode Island.
 
RIPTA has been under scrutiny and faces numerous lawsuits tied to deaths and accidents, and the agency has refused to turn over accident records to the media or to the attorneys, for the family of the 9-year-old girl killed by a RIPTA bus on Smith Street in 2015.
 
The new “safe turn alert” system is designed to alert pedestrians, bikers and other drivers that a bus is turning. The system, developed by Protran Technology of South Carolina, is being deployed now in about ten locations across the country. Providence is one of the bigger deployments.

The Protran system was installed by RIPTA and not the technology developer. According to RIPTA officials, the system has been deployed on nearly all of the fleet's 210 to 215 buses.
 
A GoLocal review found that the system appears to notify the pedestrian too late. The flasher and audio recording only deploys after the bus is in a full turn. According to RIPTA officials, the vehicle must have turned the wheel by 35 to 40 percent before the system is activated.
 
RIPTA officials came to GoLocal on Wednesday to review GoLocal footage of the alert system and defended the system and its implementation.
 
Video footage shot in numerous locations in downtown Providence shows that oftentimes, the RIPTA bus is fully engaged in the turn before the announcement starts. 
 
“The system that we purchased…is designed to deploy when the steering wheel of the bus is turned. It is automatic so there is no human error factor.  The default factory setting for that system is set for when the bus makes a turn of approximately 45 degrees.  We adjusted that it so it deploys earlier in the turn – at roughly a 38 to 40 degree turning radius,” said Barbara Polichetti, spokesperson for RIPTA.

John Chadwick, Director of Inventory Control, Jamie Pereira, Chief Security Officer, and Polichetti came to GoLocal.
 

RIPTA Accident
RIPTA installed the system and their description of the usage is different than Protran's. According to the developer of the system, there are two options for triggering the STA system; proximity sensors or turning. 
 
The Protran system is initiated in some other cities when the turn signal is initiated, thus giving pedestrians earlier notice of the system. The turn signal deployment notifies pedestrians two to four seconds earlier than in Providence depending on the speed of the bus.
 
A video from Baltimore television station WBAL shows that the Protran system installation notifies pedestrians significantly earlier. In Baltimore, the notification begins before the turn, versus in Providence in which the notification that it takes place during the turn, finishing the full announcement with the turn is nearly completed.
 
As GoLocal reported in May of 2016, “In the past two years, three people have been killed by Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) buses and dozens have been injured. Now a lawsuit in the 2015 death of nine-year-old Ani Emdjian raises serious concerns about RIPTA’s safety and training of its drivers.

Presently, RIPTA faces dozens of lawsuits tied to accidents, injuries and deaths.

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