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Public Transportation Agency Safety Plans (PTASP) Frequently Asked Questions

These frequently asked questions (FAQ) cover the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plans (PTASP) final rule. The PTASP rule requires certain operators of public transportation systems that receive federal funds under the FTA Urbanized Area Formula Grants to develop an Agency Safety Plan (ASP) that includes the processes and procedures to implement a Safety Management System (SMS), a comprehensive, collaborative approach to managing safety. This FAQ covers a broad range of topics, including Bipartisan Infrastructure Law changes to PTASP requirements.

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Please direct all Public Transportation Agency Safety Plans (PTASP) regulation and SMS inquiries to

This content does not have the force and effect of law and is not meant to bind the public in any way. This document is intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies. Grantees and subgrantees should refer to FTA’s statutes and regulations for applicable requirements.