Inspections and Examinations

Inspections and examinations are two of the cornerstones of transit safety. bcg provides key knowledge and assistance to agencies...

Inspections and examinations are two of the cornerstones of transit safety. bcg provides key knowledge and assistance to agencies by supporting the conduction of inspections, examinations, and audits. We continuously strive to offer agencies and individuals the support and tools that they need to ensure their vehicles and facilities meet industry safety standards.


Our teams of industry experts have years of experience under their belt and are adept at spotting gaps and creating plans to help agencies strengthen their operations.

We develop and deliver:

  • Field inspection checklists and protocols
  • Oversight and surveillance plans
  • Safety management inspections
  • On-site track inspections
  • Vehicle inspections
  • Maintenance inspections
  • Vehicle and signal maintenance oversight

bcg has worked with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to establish oversight teams for some of the largest agencies in the Nation. In 2018 alone, we conducted almost 1000 inspections across 10 disciplines. Our involvement goes even beyond providing oversight and delivering inspections—we also deliver and facilitate workshops and presentations to provide industry training.


In our partnership with The Office of Safety & Oversight, we have created and delivered thousands of presentations and deliverables.

Workshops: In 2012, bcg teamed up with FTA and ZETA-TECH to deliver an inspection workshop to the staff at the Denver Rapid Transit District (RTD) Training Facility. A total of 13 RTD track inspectors, workers, and supervisors/managers were able to receive expert training and resource materials, including:

  • Participant guides,
  • Copies of the PowerPoint slides used;
  • Track Inspection Pocket Guide reference books to use in the field;
  • Evaluation forms;
  • Pre-Training Track Inspection Knowledge Assessments;
  • Post-Training Track Inspection Knowledge Assessments; and
  • Other materials (such as notebooks and pens).

The workshop covered a variety of topics including rail, tie and fastener, and roadbed inspections, special trackwork inspections, track geometry inspections, and many others.

Publications: bcg has also been involved in the development of a range of publications focused on delivering tools and information on conducting inspections. These publications include the FTA Rail Transit Track Inspection Handbook and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Bus Safety Inspection Work Plan.

What has bcg done differently?

Whether it’s through on-site examinations or in-depth training and resource development, we consistently apply our skills and know-how to support individuals and agencies within the transit industry.