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Security and Emergency Preparedness Action Items for Transit Agencies - A Resource Document for Transit Agencies

  • Topic: Security
  • Date: 2014
  • Description: This document provides a list (and accompanying explanations) of the 17 Security & Emergency Management Action Items, updated to include cyber security and the DHS National Advisory System. Transit Agencies are encouraged to include all of these Action Items in their security programs, scaled appropriately to risk environment and operation size. High-level elements are used to organize and group similar Action Items. Relevant industry resource documents are included for each high-level element.
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Urine Specimen Collection Guidelines for the U.S. Department of Transportation Workplace Drug Testing Programs

  • Topic: Drug and Alcohol
  • Date: 2014
  • Description: Revised July 3, 2014 [previous editions become obsolete].

    These guidelines are a complete revision of the DOT Urine Specimen Collection Procedures Guidelines, 49 CFR Part 40, for Transportation Workplace Drug Testing Programs.
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2012 Right-Of-Way Fatality and Trespass Prevention Workshop

  • Topic: Safety
  • Date: 2013
  • This is a report of the 2012 Right-Of-Way Fatality and Trespass Prevention Workshop. The workshop included a keynote address by FRA Administrator, Mr. Joseph C. Szabo, followed by 23 technical presentations in the areas of Pedestrian Safety, Hazard Management, Design Technology and Infrastructure, Community Outreach, Enforcement, and Intentional Deaths/Acts. The workshop resulted in the identification of 23 high-priority recommended actions. 
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Response and Recovery for Declared Emergencies and Disasters: A Resource for Transit Agencies

  • Topic: Emergency Management
  • Date: 2013
  • Description: This document includes information about the types of resources available to transit agencies in the event of a declared emergency that may be prompted by a major accident, terrorist actions, or a natural disaster. It outlines programs under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and FTA, including reimbursements defined in the Stafford Act.
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Collector Site Checklist / Example of Completed Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form

  • Topic: Drug and Alcohol
  • Date: 2012
  • As of October 1, 2011, employers, collectors, laboratories, and Medical Review Officers (MROs) are required to use the new Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form.
    This two-sided sheet provides a guide for transit employers who wish to review their collection sites and the typical collection procedures of a DOT-mandated urine collection. This sheet also provides an example of a correctly-completed Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control form for a non-eventful DOT urine specimen collection.
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Post-Accident Testing Heuristics (PATH) Study Final Report

  • Topic: Drug and Alcohol
  • Date: 2012
  • The purpose of the Post-Accident Testing Heuristics (PATH) study was to develop and test procedures that can be used in a driving simulator and that could be used to evaluate the impact of several classes of prescription medications on the driving performance of commercial motor vehicle operators. The main point was to determine whether these procedures could be developed and whether they would demonstrate the issues that can arise under the influence of Triazolam and other prescription and over-the-counter medications.
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Transit Safety Management and Performance Measurement - Volume 1: Guidebook

  • Topic: Safety
  • Date: 2011
  • Description: Resource information for transit agencies and the FTA regarding the development and implementation of Safety Management Systems (SMS) and Safety Performance Measurement Systems (SPMS). SMS offer the most promising means of preventing public transportation accidents by integrating safety into all aspects of a transit system's activities, from planning to design to construction to operations to maintenance. 
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Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medications Tool Kit (April, 2011 Version)

  • Topic: Drug and Alcohol
  • Date: 2011
  • Description: This Toolkit is a compilation of policies, procedures, forms, and training resources that represent the best practices being used throughout the U.S. by a variety of transit systems: a broad range of materials as examples and models.
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Immediate Actions for Transit Employees: Protecting Against Life-Threatening Emergencies: A Resource Document for Transit Agencies

  • Topic: All Hazards
  • Date: 2011
  • Description: This document is written for transit agency employees not specifically trained as emergency responders, but are responsible for the safety and security of their patrons and protecting transit property. It addresses immediate actions they may take immediately after an employee observes an actual or potential emergency and before the employee is able to report it to the control center. Scenarios include acute health events, safety accidents, criminal and terrorist threats, and emergencies of an unknown cause.
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2009 Rail Safety Statistics Report

  • Topic: Safety
  • Date: 2010
  • Description: This Report uses information collected by FTA from the National Transit Database (NTD) and the SSO Program between calendar years 2003 and 2008. As applicable, this report also uses data supplied by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), and the National Safety Council (NSC).
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What Employees Need to Know About DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing

  • Topic: Drug and Alcohol
  • Date: 2010
  • Description: The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) substance abuse testing is the world's largest, these regulations cover 12.1 million people. This publication is for workers: a quick, readable guide to the basics every employee should know about the DOT drug and alcohol testing regulations.
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What Employers Need To Know About DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing [Guidance and Best Practices]

  • Topic: Drug and Alcohol
  • Date: 2010
  • Description: If you employ safety-sensitive workers who must have Department of Transportation (DOT) drug and alcohol tests, or you manage a DOT drug or alcohol testing program, this publication can help you understand how to run an excellent program that meets DOT requirements. Effective August 31, 2009, Direct Observation Collections are mandatory for all DOT Return-to-Duty and Follow-Up drug testing. This document has been updated to reflect these new requirements.
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An Introduction to All-Hazards Preparedness for Transit Agencies

  • Topic: All Hazards
  • Date: 2010
  • This document provides transit agencies with an explanation, a high-level process, and illustrative examples for applying an all-hazards preparedness process that is consistent with the national guidance on all-hazards preparedness presented in the National Preparedness Guidelines.
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Drug and Alcohol Testing Results 2008 Annual Report

  • Topic: Drug and Alcohol Testing Results Annual Report
  • Date: 2010
  • Description: This report summarizes the reporting requirements for calendar year 2008, the requirements of the overall drug and alcohol testing program, the results from the data reported for 2008, and the random drug and alcohol violation rates for calendar years 1995 through 2008.
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America Under Threat: Transit Responds to Terrorism

  • Topic: Emergency Management
  • Date: 2009
  • Description: American Public Transportation Association (APTA) document.
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Recommended Best Practices for States Conducting Three-Year Safety Reviews

  • Topic: Safety
  • Date: 2009
  • Description: This resource provides verification activities to assess the RTA's effective implementation of each required SSPP element. This document also offers recommendations for making findings and requiring corrective action. FTA believes that through the verification activities and processes provided in this document, SSO agencies can greatly strengthen the effectiveness of their oversight programs.
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Procedures for Transportation Workplace on Drug and Alcohol Programs, Final Rule July 30, 2009

  • Topic: Drug and Alcohol
  • Date: 2009
  • Description: This amendment reinstates the requirement for direction observation collections for all return-to-duty and follow-up-tests.
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DOT's Direct Observation Procedures

  • Topic: Drug and Alcohol
  • Date: 2009
  • As of August 31, 2009, directly observed specimen collections are mandated for follow up testing and return to duty testing. This poster provides the key requirements of this provision of Part 40.
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The Substance Abuse Professional Guidelines

  • Topic: Drug and Alcohol
  • Date: 2009
  • Description: Requirements an individual must fulfill to become a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) as well as the functions a SAP must perform.
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Drug and Alcohol Testing Results 2007 Annual Report

  • Topic: Drug and Alcohol Testing Results Annual Report
  • Date: 2009
  • Description: This report summarizes the reporting requirements for calendar year 2007, the requirements of the overall drug and alcohol testing program, the results from the data reported for 2007, and the random drug and alcohol violation rates for calendar years 1995 through 2007.
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Implementation Guidelines for Drug and Alcohol Regulations in Mass Transit - Revised October, 2009

  • Topic: Drug and Alcohol
  • Date: 2009
  • Description: These guidelines assist transit agencies in developing drug and alcohol testing programs that comply with Federal Transit Administration regulation 40 CFR Part 655. Pertinent regulations are cross-referenced throughout the text. Forms, checklists, and lists of additional information are provided throughout the document.
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Best Practices Manual: FTA Drug and Alcohol Testing Program - Revised October, 2009

  • Topic: Drug and Alcohol
  • Date: 2009
  • Description: This document discusses "best practices" used by employers to establish and maintain a compliant drug testing program. The best practices discussed here were identified during 5 years of FTA-sponsored audits of existing programs.
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Sensitive Security Information (SSI): Designation, Markings and Control, Resource Document for Transit Agencies

  • Topic: Security
  • Date: 2009
  • Resource information for identification and handling of information pertaining to transit systems and transit operations whose dissemination should be controlled and protected for security reasons through the use of designating this information as Sensitive Security Information (SSI).
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Security Manpower Planning Model (SMPM)

  • Topic: Security
  • Date: 2008
  • Description: The SMPM is a macro-based application that runs within Microsoft Excel 2003. Read more about the Model.
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Bus Transit Safety Quarterly Newsletter - August 2008

  • Topic: Safety
  • Date: 2008
  • Description: This Newsletter is distributed free to National and State Transit Associations, to State Departments of Transportation and other industry safety, security and emergency preparedness stakeholder.
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Drug and Alcohol Testing Results 2005 Annual Report

  • Topic: Drug and Alcohol Testing Results Annual Report
  • Date: 2008
  • Description: This report summarizes the reporting requirements for calendar year 2005, the requirements of the overall drug and alcohol testing program, the results from the data reported for 2005, and the random drug and alcohol violation rates for calendar years 1995 through 2005.
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Drug and Alcohol Testing Results 2006 Annual Report

  • Topic: Drug and Alcohol Testing Results Annual Report
  • Date: 2008
  • Description: This report summarizes the reporting requirements for calendar year 2006, the requirements of the overall drug and alcohol testing program, the results from the data reported for 2006, and the random drug and alcohol violation rates for calendar years 1995 through 2006.
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Recommended Fire Safety Practices for Rail Transit Materials Selection

  • Topic: Fire Safety
  • Date: 2008
  • Description: The manual is comprised of research into the adequacy of existing railcar and bus fire safety standards and an investigation of potential improvements in test methods and criteria. These recommendations represent an upgrading of guidelines to te "Recommended Fire Safety Practices for Rail Transit Materials Selection"
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10 Steps to Collection Site Security and Integrity (poster)

  • Topic: Drug and Alcohol
  • Date: 2008
  • Description: Identifies important steps that a collector must follow every time a DOT collection is performed. The 16"x20" poster is designed to assist collectors in their efforts to follow DOT testing protocols during the collection process.
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Office of Safety and Security Fiscal Year 2008 Action Plan

  • Topic: All Hazards
  • Date: 2007
  • Description: This TPM-30 FY 2008 Action Plan identifies the activities that TPM-30 will complete through its various programs during FY 2008 to meet its goals and, ultimately, accomplish its mission. The plan provides clear direction regarding the objectives of TPM-30's program and lays out the process for evaluation. Activities specified in the TPM-30 FY 2008 Action Plan are based on strategic assessments performed to support our budgeting, performance measurement, and accountability processes.
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Security and Emergency Management - Technical Assistance for the Top 50 Transit Agencies

  • Topic: Emergency Management
  • Date: 2007
  • Description: This report includes a program background and summary, the methodology used, findings and results gathered during the technical assistance visits and a description of the next generation technical assistance program. (2002-2006; assistance to the top 50 transit agencies through the Security and Emergency Management Technical Assistance Program (SEMTAP)).
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Safety and Security Management Plan (SSMP)

  • Topic: Safety
  • Date: 2007
  • Questions and answers document. A Safety and Security Management Plan (SSMP) is a required document that must be prepared by applicants and recipients of FTA funds for major capital projects. The SSMP is part of the Project Management Plan (PMP) and is written to describe how the recipient will address safety and security in the major capital project.
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The Mark (Security Training Video)

  • Topic: Security
  • Date: 2007
  • Description: "The Mark" is a fast paced training video depicting a fictionalized version of an all-too-real threat against a metropolitan transit system. It demonstrates to transit employees how asking the questions and following their instincts when faced with suspicious and unusual circumstances could ultimately mean the difference between life and death.
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Office of Safety and Security Five Year Strategic Plan FY2008 to FY2012 Brochure

  • Topic: All Hazards
  • Date: 2007
  • Description: This brochure describes The FTA Five-Year Strategic Plan.
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FTA Office of Safety and Security (TPM-30) - Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 Accomplishments

  • Topic: All Hazards
  • Date: 2007
  • Description: This report has been prepared to highlight the accomplishments of TPM-30 during FY 2007.
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Security and Emergency Management - Technical Assistance for the Top 50 Transit Agencies

  • Topic: Security
  • Date: 2007
  • Description: This report includes a program background and summary, the methodology used, findings and results gathered during the technical assistance visits and a description of the next generation technical assistance program. (2002-2006; the top 50 transit agencies through the Security and Emergency Management Technical Assistance Program (SEMTAP)).
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2004 Annual Reporting Data - Key Findings

  • Topic: Safety
  • Date: 2007
  • Description: Five State Safety Oversight for Rail Fixed Guideway regulation (Part 49 CFR 659) reporting periods are included in this report: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004.
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Office of Safety and Security Five Year Strategic Plan FY2008 to FY2012

  • Topic: All Hazards
  • Date: 2007
  • Description: This Plan ensures that safety, security, and emergency management at the FTA are guided by a clear vision, goals, and strategies, and that the Office itself matures to achieve its vision.
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Emergency Preparedness Guide for Transit Employees on the Job and at Home

  • Topic: Emergency Management
  • Date: 2007
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Safety and Security Management Plan (SSMP)

  • Topic: Security
  • Date: 2007
  • Description: A Safety and Security Management Plan (SSMP) is a required document that must be prepared by applicants and recipients of FTA funds for major capital projects. The SSMP is part of the Project Management Plan (PMP) and is written to describe how the recipient will address safety and security in the major capital project.
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Transit Agency Security and Emergency Management Protective Measures

  • Topic: Security
  • Date: 2006
  • Description: This document replaces "Federal Transit Administration Transit Threat Level Response Recommendation" and provides a more comprehensive systems approach and framework for a transit agency to use in integrating its entire security and emergency management programs with the DHS Homeland Security Advisory System's five color-coded graduated threat conditions.
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FTA Post-Accident Threshold Cards

  • Topic: Drug and Alcohol
  • Date: 2006
  • Date: These 3.5" by 2.25" laminated cards act as a guide for employer representatives that have the responsibility to make post-accident determinations in conjunction with FTA drug and alcohol testing regulations and requirements (49 CFR Parts 655.4 and 655.44). The cards provide guidance on FTA post-accident thresholds, who should be tested, and time limitations for testing.
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Rail Transit Safety Action Plan

  • Topic: Safety
  • Date: 2006
  • Description: Target the most frequent, highest risk causes of rail transit accidents; direct FTA's oversight and technical assistance resources to address these high-risk causes; and accelerate industry awareness, spotlighting activities and practices that have the potential to mitigate the largest risks.
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Transit Watch Toolkit

  • Topic: Security
  • Date: 2006
  • Description:
    • Enhanced 2006 Edition
    • Spanish Edition
    • Original 2003 Edition
    • Raises awareness of transit employees, riders, and general public- Used to initiate or strengthen an agency's safety and security public awareness efforts- Much like the neighborhood watch crime prevention program. Read more about Transit Watch
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Resource Toolkit for State Oversight Agencies Implementing 49 CFR Part 659

  • Topic: Safety
  • Date: 2006
  • Description: The Resource Toolkit contains a sample "oversight agency program standard and Description: referenced procedures" document that can be tailored by each affected oversight agency to develop a compliant Initial Submission.
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Transit Agency Security and Emergency Management Protective Measures

  • Topic: Emergency Management
  • Date: 2006
  • Description: This document replaces "Federal Transit Administration Transit Threat Level Response Recommendation" and provides a more comprehensive systems approach and framework for a transit agency to use in integrating its entire security and emergency management programs with the DHS Homeland Security Advisory System's five color-coded graduated threat conditions.
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Commuter Rail Safety Study

  • Topic: Safety
  • Date: 2006
  • Description: FTA, working cooperatively with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has performed this study to: identify the most frequent, highest risk causes of commuter rail accidents; direct FTA and FRA oversight and technical resources to address these high risk causes; and accelerate industry awareness, promote identification and implementation of activities and practices that have potential to mitigate largest risks.
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State Safety Oversight (SSO) Program Annual Report for 2005

  • Topic: Safety
  • Date: 2006
  • Description: This document presents safety data provided by the individual State Safety Oversight (SSO) agencies and offer industry-wide analyses regarding types of accidents occurring, probable causes, and impacts. Provides 2005 data and comparisons with previous two years.
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Implementation Guidelines for 49 CFR Part 659

  • Topic: Safety
  • Date: 2006
  • Description: These Guidelines have been prepared to assist states and rail transit agencies in developing compliant programs based on the revised FTA Rule.
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Fatigue Management Survey Results

  • Topic: Safety
  • Date: 2006
  • Description: FTA conducted this survey to identify and categorize the fatigue management practices of rail transit agencies and State Safety Oversight (SSO) agencies affected by 49 CFR Part 659.
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Drug and Alcohol Testing Results 2004 Annual Report

  • Topic: Drug and Alcohol Testing Results Annual Report
  • Date: 2006
  • Description: This report summarizes the reporting requirements for calendar year 2004, the requirements of the overall drug and alcohol testing program, the results from the data reported for 2004, and the random drug and alcohol violation rates for calendar years 1995 through 2004.
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Drug and Alcohol Testing Results 2003 Annual Report

  • Topic: Drug and Alcohol Testing Results Annual Report
  • Date: 2005
  • Description: The report summarizes the new reporting requirements introduced for calendar year 2003, the requirements of the overall drug and alcohol testing program, the results from the data reported for 2003, and the random drug and alcohol violation rates for calendar years 1996 through 2003.
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Transit Safety & Security Statistics & Analysis 2003 Annual Report

  • Topic: Transit Safety & Security Statistics & Analysis Annual Report(Formerly SAMIS)
  • Date: 2005
  • Description: This report Report (formerly SAMIS) is a compilation and analysis of mass transit accident, casualty, and crime statistics reported under the FTA's National Transit Database Reporting System by transit systems that were beneficiaries of FTA Urbanized Area Formula funds in the United States during 2003.
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Drug and Alcohol Testing Results 2002 Annual Report

  • Topic: Drug and Alcohol Testing Results Annual Report
  • Date: 2005
  • Description: Summarizes new reporting requirements introduced for calendar year 2001, requirements of revised CFR Part 40 and CFR Part 655, results from data reported for 2002, and the random drug and alcohol violation rates.
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49 CFR Part 659 Reference Guide

  • Topic: Safety
  • Date: 2005
  • Description: This reference guide has been developed to support the efforts of states, oversight agencies and rail transit agencies to implement these new requirements. The reference guide is a checklist tool organized by rule section and required activities.
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49 CFR Part 659

  • Topic: Safety
  • Date: 2005
  • Description: Rail Fixed Guideway Systems; State Safety Oversight; Final Rule
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Reasonable Suspicion Training for Supervisors Video

  • Topic: Drug and Alcohol
  • Date: 2004
  • Description: This Reasonable Suspicion Training for Supervisors Video consists of four segments: general requirements on reasonable suspicion referrals; alcohol abuse in the workplace; prohibited drugs in the workplace; and the reasonable suspicion interview.
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Transit Safety & Security Statistics & Analysis 2002 Annual Report

  • Topic: Transit Safety & Security Statistics & Analysis Annual Report(Formerly SAMIS)
  • Date: 2004
  • Description: This Report (formerly SAMIS) is a compilation and analysis of mass transit accident, casualty, and crime statistics reported under the FTA's National Transit Database Reporting System by transit systems that were beneficiaries of FTA Urbanized Area Formula funds in the United States during 2002.
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FTA State Safety Oversight Program Annual Report for 2003

  • Topic: Safety
  • Date: 2004
  • Description: Report summarizes activities performed to implement the State Safety Oversight Program during Calendar Year 2003, analyzes rail fixed guideway system accident statistics using information provided by state oversight agencies, and documents the safety and d security performance of the rail transit industry in 2003.
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Transit Security Design Considerations

  • Topic: Security
  • Date: 2004
  • Description: Security design guidance on bus vehicles, rail vehicles, and transit infrastructure in developing an effective and affordable security strategy following the completion of a threat and vulnerability assessment and development of a comprehensive plan.
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FTA State Safety Oversight Program Annual Report for 2002

  • Topic: Safety
  • Date: 2003
  • Description: This report summarizes activities performed to implement the State Safety Oversight Program during Calendar Year 2001.
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Public Transportation System Security and Emergency Preparedness Planning Guide

  • Topic: Security
  • Date: 2003
  • Description: This document supports the activities of public transportation systems to plan for and respond to major security threats and emergencies. It emphasizes the importance of developing critical relationships, preparing strategies and policies, and setting training and funding priorities. It offers practical guidance for planning effectively, spending wisely, and making public transportation safer.
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Drug and Alcohol Testing Results 2001 Annual Report

  • Topic: Drug and Alcohol Testing Results Annual Report
  • Date: 2003
  • Description: Summarizes new reporting requirements introduced for 2001, the requirements of the revised CFR Part 40 and CFR Part 655, and the results from the data reported for 2001.
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Safety Management Information Statistics (SAMIS) 2000 Annual Report

  • Topic: Transit Safety & Security Statistics & Analysis Annual Report(Formerly SAMIS)
  • Date: 2002
  • Description: Compilation and analysis of mass transit accident, casualty, and crime statistics reported under the FTA's National Transit Database Reporting System by transit systems in the United States during 2000.
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Rails With Trails: Lessons Learned

  • Topic: Safety
  • Date: 2002
  • Description: This report examines safety, design, and liability issues associated with the development of shared use paths and other trails within or adjacent to active railroad and transit rights-of-way.
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System Security and Emergency Preparedness Plan (SSEPP) - Template

  • Topic: Security
  • Date: 2002
  • Description: Ohio Department of Transportation
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Memorandum of Executive Approval

  • Topic: Security
  • Date: 2002
  • Description: Sample, Ohio Department of Transportation

Handbook for Transit Safety and Security Certification

  • Topic: Safety
  • Date: 2002
  • Description: This Handbook provides a guide for establishing a certification program to address safety and security that identifies the key activities, incorporates safety and security more fully into transit projects, highlights resources necessary to develop and implement a certification program for safety and security, and provides tools and sample forms to promote implementation of the safety and security certification process.
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FTA State Safety Oversight Program Annual Report for 2000

  • Topic: Safety
  • Date: 2002
  • Description: Report summarizes activities performed to implement the State Safety Oversight Program during Calendar Year 2000. A compilation and analysis of rail fixed guideway system accident and crime statistics.
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Characterizing Possible MPO Roles in System Operations and Security/Disaster Planning, U.S. Department of Transportation

  • Topic: Emergency Management
  • Date: 2002
  • Description: The U.S. DOT and many other groups have been looking closely at institutional strategies for providing metropolitan-level coordination of transportation system operations. In particular, the role of the MPO in such coordination has been the topic of much discussion.
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Safety Management Information Statistics (SAMIS) 1999 Annual Report

  • Topic: Transit Safety & Security Statistics & Analysis Annual Report(Formerly SAMIS)
  • Date: 2001
  • Description: Compilation and analysis of mass transit accident, casualty, and crime statistics reported under the FTA's National Transit Database Reporting System by transit systems in the United States during 1999.
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Drug and Alcohol Testing Results 2000 Annual Report

  • Topic: Drug and Alcohol Testing Results Annual Report
  • Date: 2001
  • Description: Compilation and analysis of drug and alcohol testing results reported by transit systems in the United States during 2000. Report has an increased focus on trend analysis.
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Protecting Public Surface Transportation Against Terrorism and Serious Crime: Continuing Research on Best Security Practices

  • Topic: Security
  • Date: 2001
  • Description: California Department of Transportation, (Report No. FHWA/CA/OR-2001-29)
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FTA State Safety Oversight Program Annual Report for 1999

  • Topic: Safety
  • Date: 2000
  • Description: This report summarizes activities performed to implement the State Safety Oversight Program (40 CFR Part 659) during calendar year 1999.
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FTA State Safety Action Plan

  • Topic: Safety
  • Date: 2000
  • Description: A description of FTA's progress toward their goals as defined in the Safety Action Plan, published in March 2000.
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Alertness 2000

  • Topic: Safety
  • Date: 2000
  • Description: These proceedings contain a collection of presentations given at the Alertness 2000 Sumposium held October 26-27, 2000.
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Drug and Alcohol Testing Results 1999 Annual Report

  • Topic: Drug and Alcohol Testing Results Annual Report
  • Date: 2000
  • Description: A compilation and analysis of drug and alcohol testing results reported by transit systems in the United States during 1999.
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Chemical Weapons Improved Response Program Playbook

  • Topic: Security
  • Date: 2000
  • Description: U.S. Army Soldier and Biological Chemical Command Domestic Preparedness Chemical Team.
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Emergency Response Exercise, Attleboro, MA

  • Topic: Security
  • Date: 2000
  • Description: MBTA Safety Department
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Guidelines for Responding to a Chemical Weapons Incident

  • Topic: Security
  • Date: 2000
  • Description: National Domestic Preparedness Program
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Hazard Analysis Guidelines for Transit Projects

  • Topic: Safety
  • Date: 2000
  • Description: These hazard analysis guidelines discuss safety critical systems and subsystems, types of hazard analyses, when hazard analyses should be performed, and the hazard analysis philosophy.
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FTA Safety Action Plan

  • Topic: Safety
  • Date: 2000
  • Description: Recommendations in the areas of: operational best practices, human factors, and design standards.
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Compliance Guidelines for States with New Starts Projects

  • Topic: Safety
  • Date: 2000
  • Description: Guide states through the process of developing a safety oversight program that meets the requirements of the State Safety Oversight Rule (49 CFR Part 659) requirements.
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Keeping Safety on Track

  • Topic: Safety
  • Date: 2000
  • Description: This brochure describes the requirements and benefits of early integration of system safety concepts in the planning, design, and construction of major transit capital projects.
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On-Scene Commander's Guide for Responding to Biological/Chemical Threats

  • Topic: Security
  • Date: 1999
  • Description: National Domestic Preparedness Program
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Drug and Alcohol Testing Results 1998 Annual Report

  • Topic: Drug and Alcohol Testing Results Annual Report
  • Date: 1999
  • Description: A compilation and analysis of drug and alcohol testing results reported by transit systems in the United States during 1998.
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Emergency Response Exercise, Quincy, MA

  • Topic: Security
  • Date: 1999
  • Description: MBTA Safety Department
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Critical Incident Management Guidelines

  • Topic: Emergency Management
  • Date: 1998
  • Description: These guidelines provide a detailed discussion of transit and community activities necessary to support emergency preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery efforts.
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Safety Management Information Statistics (SAMIS) 1997 Annual Report

  • Topic: Transit Safety & Security Statistics & Analysis Annual Report(Formerly SAMIS)
  • Date: 1998
  • Description: Compilation and analysis of mass transit accident, casualty, and crime statistics reported under the FTA's National Transit Database Reporting System by transit systems in the United States during 1997.
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Transit Security Handbook

  • Topic: Security
  • Date: 1998
  • Description: This document explains the security requirements specified in 49 CFR Part 659, provides an overview of security as it is currently provided by rail transit systems affected by the State Safety Oversight Rule, and establishes a reference for Oversight Agencies on security in the rail transit environment.
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Event Recorders for Rail Rapid Transit Systems

  • Topic: Safety
  • Date: 1998
  • Description: This study presents and analyzes data, defines various aspects of using accident/incident event recorders, performs a cost, feasibility, and benefit analysis, and identifies the technical requirements for these devices in rail rapid transit. Data from actual experience is used where available.
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Drug and Alcohol Testing Results 1997 Annual Report

  • Topic: Drug and Alcohol Testing Results Annual Report
  • Date: 1998
  • Description: A compilation and analysis of mass transit drug and alcohol testing reported by transit systems in the United States during 1997.
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Safety Review of Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Metrorail Operations

  • Topic: Safety
  • Date: 1997
  • Description: This document presents a review of safety and operational issues at WMATA. It identifies historical and corporate culture issues that affected safety performance at the Authority and presents 32 findings, many of which have been the subject of prior internal and external reviews. Recent actions to improve safety practices are also identified.
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Drug and Alcohol Testing Results 1996 Annual Report

  • Topic: Drug and Alcohol Testing Results Annual Report
  • Date: 1997
  • Description: A compilation and analysis of mass transit drug and alcohol testing reported by transit systems in the United States during 1996.
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Standardization of Availability, Location, and Use of Safety Equipment on Urban Transit Buses

  • Topic: Safety
  • Date: 1996
  • Description: This document represents the conclusion of a project undertaken to identify guidelines which will correct the problems encountered by rescue forces while attempting to gain entry to, shut down, and/or evacuate urban transit buses involved in an emergency or accident.
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Transit Security in the 90's

  • Topic: Security
  • Date: 1996
  • Description: Summarizes the proceedings of a conference held in Atlanta, Georgia on February 27 - 28, 1996. The purpose of the conference was to assist transit security specialists to recognize, prepare for, and respond to terrorist threat.
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Perspectives on Transit Security in the 1990s

  • Topic: Security
  • Date: 1996
  • Description: This report presents the findings of a study to identify the types and level of crime occurring in the transit environment, to identify the security strategies that are used effectively to reduce that crime and improve patron perceptions of security, and to document the security practices of nine transit agencies located throughout the nation.
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Drug and Alcohol Consortia Manual

  • Topic: Drug and Alcohol
  • Date: 1996
  • Description: Background information regarding drug and alcohol testing consortia and a step-by-step process for determining whether participating in a consortium would best meet and agency's needs. Also describes how to design, implement, and participate in a consortium.
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Exploring How to Make System Safety Work in Transit

  • Topic: Safety
  • Date: 1994
  • Description: The results of a workshop conducted to assist the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority in addressing issues raised in the New York MTA Safety Investigation.
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Safety Planning Information Directed to Emergency Response

  • Topic: Safety
  • Date: 1994
  • Description: This Resource Manual for the SPIDER Safety Training Workshop was prepared as part of a project to develop a set of safety materials for the West Virginia Department of Transportation, Division of Transit.
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Bus and Passenger Accident Prevention

  • Topic: Safety
  • Date: 1994
  • Description: Guidance on how to develop and implement an accident prevention program for urban, rural, and specialized transit systems.

Safety Planning Information Directed to Emergency Response

  • Topic: Emergency Management
  • Date: 1994
  • Description: This Resource Manual for the SPIDER Safety Training Workshop was prepared as part of a project to develop a set of safety materials for the West Virginia Department of Transportation, Division of Transit.
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Transit Security: Exploring New Concepts in Managing Social Problems

  • Topic: Security
  • Date: 1993
  • Description: Results from a workshop recommended by the Federal Transit Administration's Transit Security committee. Workshop explored topics such as conflicts on transit, working with the community to provide a safe and drug-free environment, impact of homelessness on transit systems, and how order and cleanliness contribute to a safe and civil transit environment.
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New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority Safety Investigation

  • Topic: Safety
  • Date: 1993
  • Description: FTA conducted an intensive safety investigation of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority. This report provides a summary of the investigation process and results.
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Recommended Fire Safety Practices for Transit Bus and Van Materials Selection

  • Topic: Fire Safety
  • Date: 1993
  • Description: Describes FTA's recommended procedure for testing the ability of foam materials to retain fire retardant chemicals after they have been exposed to water, and discusses FTA's position on smoke emission performance criteria for seat cushions. These practices are recommendations rather than requirements and are not binding on FTA's grantees, but do reflect FTA's interest in promoting safety issues.
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Recommended Emergency Preparedness Guidelines for Urban, Rural, and Specialized Transit Systems

  • Topic: Emergency Management
  • Date: 1991
  • Description: Recommendations for the use by urban, rural, and specialized transit systems which use motor vehicles to provide transportation service to the general public, elderly or disabled persons, clients of human service agencies, etc.
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Recommended Emergency Preparedness Guidelines for Elderly and Disabled Rail Transit Passengers

  • Topic: Emergency Management
  • Date: 1989
  • Description: Recommendations to assist rail transit and emergency response organizations in evaluating their emergency response plans in terms of the needs of elderly and disabled passengers, and, if necessary, to modify those plans accordingly.
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Recommended Emergency Preparedness Guidelines for Rail Transit Systems

  • Topic: Emergency Management
  • Date: 1985
  • Description: Help rail transit systems asses, develop, document, and improve their capability for responding to emergency situations, and to better coordinate these efforts with other emergency response organizations in a manner which best protects both the traveling public and transit system facilities and equipment.
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Pedestrian Falling Accidents in Transit Terminals

  • Topic: Safety
  • Date: 1985
  • Description: An analysis of how and when pedestrian falls occur and their estimated impact on the transit industry.
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Evacuation and Rescue of Elderly and Disabled Passengers from Paratransit Vans and Buses

  • Topic: Emergency Management
  • Date: 1984
  • Description: Effective methods and equipment useful in evacuating those persons with insufficient ability to manage self-evacuation. It also identifies accident rates for various vehicles, a study of vehicle characteristics, and needed equipment.
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Recommended Fire Safety Practices for Rail Transit Materials Selection

  • Topic: Fire Safety
  • Date: 1984
  • Description: Recommendations for testing flammability and smoke emission characteristics of materials used in the construction of rapid rail transit and light rail transit vehicles. The recommendations are based "Proposed Guidelines for Flammability and Smoke Emission Specifications," which the transit industry, in general, uses on a voluntary basis.
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Transit Security: A Description of Problems and Countermeasures

  • Topic: Security
  • Date: 1984
  • Description: This report examines transit security problems in the following areas: crimes against passengers and employees, crimes involving revenue, including fare evasion and employee theft, and crimes against transit property, including vandalism and graffiti.
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Case Studies of Transit Security on Bus Systems

  • Topic: Security
  • Date: 1983
  • Description: This report provides information on a selection of bus transit security measures for use by transit systems in developing their security programs. The report examines the security measures used by the principal bus transit system in each of four cities, Los Angeles, Detroit, Seattle, and Pittsburgh, and indicates the conditions under which they are most likely to be effective.
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