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dc.contributor.advisorDouglas, William
dc.creator
dc.date.accessioned2020-06-30T17:33:41Z
dc.date.created2020
dc.date.issued
dc.date.submitted01/01/2020
dc.identifier.uri
dc.descriptionD.L.S.
dc.description.abstractThe National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is charged by the U.S. Congress to investigate significant passenger rail accidents to determine the probable cause and to issue safety recommendations aimed at preventing similar accidents in the future. These safety recommendations are NTSB’s primary product for improving transportation safety. The recipients of the safety recommendations, however, do not always accept and follow these recommendations. This creates a safety impasse.
dc.description.abstractThis thesis explores a means to move toward a resolution of this safety impasse, through a moral framework for improving passenger rail safety. The impact of the passenger safety impasse is traced to illustrate the need to address and resolve the safety impasse problem.
dc.description.abstractTo that end, a process for expanding the current post-accident investigation process for improving passenger rail transportation safety beyond the primary, evidence-based product of safety recommendations is provided. A new type of analysis, that is a second duty-based analysis within a moral framework, is developed.
dc.description.abstractWithin the duty-based analysis, the need to ensure safety on public transportation systems is posited as a Kantian Categorical Safety Imperative. From this a requirement is determined: that rail transportation safety measures, whether developed through research and analysis, or through the safety recommendation process, are equitably translated to rail applications that achieve the same safety goals for all people, across all sectors of society, regardless of socio-economic and demographic factors. This is posited as the Translational Categorical Safety Imperative for transportation, which is, to identify and address transportation safety disparities and ensure future transportation safety equity for all.
dc.formatPDF
dc.format.extent73 leaves
dc.languageen
dc.publisherGeorgetown University
dc.sourceGeorgetown University-Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
dc.sourceLiberal Studies
dc.subjectCategorical Safety Imperative
dc.subjectNormative Ethics
dc.subjectPassenger Railroad Safety
dc.subjectSafety Impasse
dc.subjectTranslational Safety Imperative
dc.subjectTransportation Safety
dc.subject.lcshEthics
dc.subject.lcshPsychology
dc.subject.lcshTransportation -- Planning
dc.subject.otherEthics
dc.subject.otherPsychology
dc.subject.otherTransportation
dc.titleToward a Moral Framework for Improving Rail Passenger Safety: Occupant Protection
dc.typethesis
gu.embargo.lift-date2022-06-30
gu.embargo.termscommon-2-years
dc.identifier.orcid0000-0003-4642-3722


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