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Transit Worker and Rider Safety Best Practices Research Project

What’s New

  • On August 9, 2023, FTA announced a grant for $500,000 under a cooperative agreement with the University of South Florida for a research project to help transit agencies address transit worker and rider assaults. The project will identify public safety risks for transit workers and riders, determine the most effective mitigation strategies to minimize those risks, and promote the implementation of those strategies.


The Transit Worker and Rider Safety Best Practices Research Project is part of a larger safety research effort at the USDOT to provide technical and financial support to transit agencies and the transit industry to pursue innovative approaches to reduce safety hazards.

FTA seeks to fund a cooperative agreement to:

  • produce a best practices report (phase 1) 
  • conduct pilot demonstration project (phase 2)

This NOFO will provide funding for phase I. Eligibility for phase II is subject to the availability of future funding.

Statutory Reference(s)

Public Transportation Innovation (49 U.S.C. § 5312)

Grant Type: Competitive