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Public Transportation Agency Safety Plans

  • PTASP One Year to Compliance Letter

    PTASP One Year to Compliance Letter

    On July 19, 2019, FTA published a Dear Colleague letter to alert the transit industry of an important upcoming safety deadline.
  • PTASP Introduction Video

    A New Era of Safety (video)

    This two-minute video highlights the PTASP rule and how two transit agencies are implementing it
  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Frequently Asked Questions

    FTA developed answers to both basic and more sophisticated questions about the PTASP rule. Check here to see if your question has already been answered.
  • Resources


    FTA created materials to shed light on the PTASP rule.


On July 19, 2018, FTA published the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (PTASP) Final Rule, which requires certain operators of public transportation systems that receive federal funds under FTA's Urbanized Area Formula Grants to develop safety plans that include the processes and procedures to implement Safety Management Systems (SMS).  

  • The PTASP rule became effective on July 19, 2019.
  • FTA published a Dear Colleague letter on July 19, 2019, to alert the transit industry of the July 20, 2020 safety compliance deadline.

The plan must include safety performance targets. Find additional guidance on planning and target setting on FTA's Performance-Based Planning pages. Transit operators also must certify they have a safety plan in place meeting the requirements of the rule by July 20, 2020. The plan must be updated and certified by the transit agency annually.

The rule applies to all operators of public transportation systems that are recipients and sub-recipients of federal financial assistance under the Urbanized Area Formula Program (49 U.S.C. § 5307). However, FTA is deferring applicability of this requirement for operators that only receive funds through FTA’s Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Formula Program (Section 5310) and/or Rural Area Formula Program (Section 5311).

The rule does not apply to agencies that are subject to the safety jurisdiction of another federal agency, including passenger ferry operators regulated by the U.S. Coast Guard and rail operators regulated by the Federal Railroad Administration.

Getting Started

Guidance and Templates

Frequently Asked Questions



PTASP Workshops

The FTA PTASP Bus Workshops will focus on the minimum requirements needed for agencies to comply with the PTASP rule (49 C.F.R. Part 673) and provide Safety Management Systems implementation strategies. Additionally, the workshops will discuss how to begin creating Agency Safety Plans, including the identification of key stakeholders to coordinate Agency Safety Plan development.

The workshops are open to the staff and contractors of recipients or subrecipients of Urbanized Area Formula Grant Program funds who are responsible for developing or implementing an Agency Safety Plan, and State Department of Transportations (DOTs) staff that are responsible for drafting Agency Safety Plans for the small public transportation providers within their States. 

Registration will be on a first come, first served basis and will be opened to waitlisted attendees, as space permits. FTA may limit the number of attendees per agency.

For Rail Transit Agencies and State Safety Oversight Agencies

Joint SSO and RTA Workshop - Washington, D.C.
Monday, September 23 - Thursday, September 26, 2019

  • There will be a PTASP training session on Monday, September 23, beginning at 8:30 a.m. to discuss the minimum requirements needed for rail transit agencies to comply with the PTASP rule and provide SMS implementation strategies. The PTASP training session is limited to two representatives from each RTA and SSOA including contractors.


Past PTASP webinar presentations and recordings can be found here.


Please direct all questions to FTA’s dedicated e-mail address for the PTASP rule and SMS

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