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How will FTA use SMS concepts to implement MAP-21?

MAP-21 authorizes a comprehensive Public Transportation Safety Program at 49 U.S.C. 5329. Four key components of that program are the National Public Transportation Safety Plan, authorized by Section 5329(b); the Public Transportation Safety Certification Training Program, authorized by Section 5329(c); the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plans, required by Section 5329(d); and the State Safety Oversight Program, authorized by Section 5329(e).
Later this year FTA will initiate rulemakings to carry out all of these plans and programs, under the rulemaking authority codified at 49 U.S.C. 5329(f)(7). In partnership with TRACS, the States, oversight agencies, and public transportation operators and associations, FTA will propose SMS concepts, principles and methodologies to address MAP-21 requirements.
In applying the principles of SMS in rulemakings and other initiatives, FTA will set common-sense standards and goals for the implementation of SMS. Safety performance will be measured not just by reductions in the number of accidents, injuries, and fatalities, but by the implementation of measures to ensure accountability for safety, and to proactively identify, avoid, and mitigate risks to safety.

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