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Federal Transit Administration Announces Request for Information on High-Priority Transit Safety Concerns

Thursday, July 15, 2021

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit feedback from transit riders and transit agencies to help identify high-priority safety concerns and help better assess and mitigate them.

"Safety is our highest priority, and we want to hear from our public transportation partners and the public about their transit safety concerns, especially as ridership increases on public transportation," said FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez. "This request for information will help us better understand the most important safety concerns and issues so we can improve safety and rider confidence."

FTA expanded its safety oversight capabilities in 2019, when it established an internal Safety Risk Management (SRM) process to identify, assess, mitigate, and monitor safety concerns impacting the transit industry. The SRM process helps FTA determine effective and appropriate risk mitigations, such as technical assistance or regulatory responses, to support transit agencies in cultivating safer environments for their workers and riders.

FTA is calling on transit agencies and everyone interested in transit to review the RFI and provide input. Building on FTA's experience, stakeholders have provided valuable input into the Biden-Harris Administration's safety work and FTA is now formalizing this input by issuing this RFI.

The RFI closes on Wednesday, September 22, 2021.

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