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Public Transportation Agency Safety Plans

The Public Transportation Agency Safety Plans (PTASP) regulation (49 CFR Part 673) requires operators of public transportation systems that receive federal funds under the FTA Urbanized Area Formula Grants (Section 5307), and rail transit agencies subject to the FTA State Safety Oversight (SSO) program, to develop an Agency Safety Plan (ASP) that includes the processes and procedures to implement a Safety Management System (SMS). SMS is a comprehensive, collaborative, and systematic approach to managing safety.

Technical Assistance

PTASP LogoThe PTASP Technical Assistance Center (TAC) is available to help the transit industry meet PTASP requirements. Email PTASP-TAC@dot.gov or call 877-827-7243 (9:00 am – 8:00 pm ET, Monday – Friday).

What's New

Public Transportation Agency Safety Plans and National Public Transportation Safety Plan Updates

On April 9, 2024, FTA published the first major update to the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plans (PTASP) regulation. These updates are a part of a continuing effort to improve transit safety performance on federally supported transit systems, and PTASP is the first rule finalized by FTA under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law requirements to make transit safer for both transit workers and passengers.

It incorporates Bipartisan Infrastructure law requirements, such as:

  • advancing safety management system (SMS) processes, 
  • increasing frontline transit worker involvement, 
  • expanding de-escalation training, and 
  • addressing safety risk, including assaults on transit workers, transit vehicle-pedestrian collisions, and infectious disease exposure. 

FTA also published an update to the National Public Transportation Safety Plan as well as a response to comments in the Federal Register. The plan serves as FTA’s primary guidance document to improve transit safety performance. FTA updated the plan to align with Bipartisan Infrastructure Law requirements and to include best practices, tools, technical assistance, voluntary standards and other resources.

FTA SMS in Practice Workshops

Join FTA for a new workshop series, SMS in Practice, with the first workshop on Advancing Safety Risk Management and Safety Assurance to spotlight two critical components in Safety Management System (SMS). Register Today

Proposed General Directive: Required Actions Regarding Assaults on Transit Workers

On December 20, 2023, FTA initiated a significant step to reduce assaults on our nation’s transit workforce by issuing for public comment a proposed General Directive: Required Actions Regarding Assaults on Transit Workers. FTA is proposing to issue this General Directive to help transit agencies use their Safety Management System (SMS) processes to assess the risk associated with assaults on transit workers and to prioritize and develop mitigations.

Key Milestones

Questions?

PTASP Technical Assistance Center

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How can we help answer questions, review agency safety plans, provide onsite trainings and support, and submit documents to share with peers?

Please direct all PTASP and SMS questions to FTA’s PTASP-TAC e-mail address.

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To receive PTASP-related emails, enter your email address and select Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (PTASP).