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Public Transportation Agency Safety Plans

  • 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

    Resources

    FTA created materials to shed light on the PTASP rule.

Overview

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 is effective July 19, 2019. 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

Resources

SMS

Webinars

PTASP Webinars

Bus Guidance and Template Webinar – Thursday, October 18 
Webinar Presentation | Webinar Recording

Bus Guidance and Template Webinar – Thursday, November 1
Webinar Presentation | See Webinar Recording from Thursday, October 18

Frequently Asked Questions Webinar – Thursday, November 15
Frequently Asked Questions

Guidance on using SSPPs to develop PTASPs Webinar – Wednesday, December 12 at 3 p.m. ET (Rescheduled from December 5 closure of federal government for national day of mourning.)
Registration is required to join this webinar

Frequently Asked Questions Webinar – Thursday, January 10 at 2 p.m. ET
Registration is required to join this webinar

Past PTASP webinar presentations and recordings can be found here.

Questions?

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