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TOD (TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT)

A type of development that links land use and transit facilities to support the transit system and help reduce sprawl, traffic congestion and air pollution. It calls for locating housing, along with complementary public uses (jobs, retail, and services) at…

TOFC

Trailer On Flat Car. Intermodal freight service. Also see Piggyback.

TOP

Transportation Occupation Program. A jointly sponsored MTA, local businesses, and school districts program. The program prepares young people for careers in transportation.

TORPEDO

An explosive cap which can be attached to the rail to be exploded by the passage of the wheel. It sounds like a shotgun and conveys an indication to the crew of the train which explodes it that they must…

TORQUE

The twisting force required to turn a bolt or a rotating shaft. (TRB)

TOS

Transit Operations Supervisor. The immediate supervisors or first echelon of supervision for bus operators. Previously there were four separate categories of TOS: TOS-Communications (Radio Dispatchers), TOS-Divisions (Division Administration), TOS-Instructor (Instructors) and TOS-Vehicle Operations (Road Supervisors). There is now only one…

TOS (TRAFFIC OPERATIONS SYSTEM)

In Los Angeles County, Caltrans, and the CHP monitor traffic flows using detectors embedded in pavement and closed circuit television cameras. This data enables efficient dispatching of CHP and FSP services. This data also is used for the Freeway changeable…