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Transit Advisory Committee for Safety

NEW: FTA is reviewing TRACS applications. You can review the 2022-2024 TRACS Charter and TRACS Extension Federal Register Notice for more information. 

About TRACS

Nationwide, public transportation is one of the safest modes of transportation, with more than 2.5 million people boarding transit vehicles in the U.S. each day. Transit agencies have fewer fatalities and injuries than any other transportation mode. Following a period in the early 2000s, the safety record of the transit industry started to deteriorate. The Transit Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS) was one of many initiatives FTA implemented to improve transit safety. In November 2009, the U.S. Transportation Secretary authorized the establishment of TRACS.

TRACS provides information, advice and recommendations on transit safety to the U.S. Transportation Secretary and FTA Administrator. TRACS does not make determinations of fact or policy. TRACS is comprised of a diverse panel of professionals representing a variety of stakeholders and interests to cooperatively address transit safety issues by recommending solutions based on agreed-upon facts. The committee's level of expertise and balanced viewpoints enables early identification of potential problem areas and accelerated corrective actions, thereby creating greater safety and public confidence in the nation's public transportation systems. 

On behalf of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, the FTA Administrator will name an Executive Director for the committee who serves as the designated federal official responsible for ensuring compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act requirements.

  • Acting Committee Chair: Vacant
  • Committee Vice-Chair: Vacant

Subscribe to TRACS news through email updates; select "Safety & Oversight/Transit Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS)."

Application Resources 

FTA is reviewing TRACS applications. FTA will select up to 25 qualified individuals interested in serving on TRACS for a two-year term. TRACS provides information, advice and recommendations about transit safety to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation and the FTA Administrator.

Notices and Participation

TRACS meets as a full committee at least twice a year. Committee meetings are announced in the Federal Register Notice (FRN) 15 days prior and are open to the public. The FRN includes the agenda, date, time, location and purpose of the meeting.

Anyone wishing to formally address TRACS or submit materials for review during the meeting must notify the FTA by the dates indicated in the FRN that announces the meeting. Materials to be reviewed at the committee’s convenience may be submitted at any time to the FTA.

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TRACS Membership Selection Frequently Asked Questions

What materials do I need to submit to FTA to apply for membership?
Each application should include the applicant’s name and organizational affiliation; a cover letter describing the applicant’s qualifications and interest in serving on TRACS; a curriculum vitae or resume of the applicant’s qualifications; and contact information, including the applicant’s address, phone number and email.

Applicants may prepare and submit their materials, or an individual may nominate an applicant and submit materials on that applicant’s behalf.

How do I submit my application materials?
FTA prefers electronic submissions via email to TRACS@dot.gov. FTA will also accept applications via mail at: Office of Transit Safety and Oversight, Federal Transit Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, Washington, DC, 20590-0001.

How long is the application period?
The application period ends on Friday, April 8, 2022. 

How many members will the U.S. Secretary of Transportation (Secretary) appoint? 
The Secretary will appoint up to 25 representatives from the public transportation community for immediate TRACS membership.

How will FTA evaluate applications?
FTA will evaluate each application based on established criteria, such as experience in the transit industry, leadership and organizational skills, diversity characteristics and the overall balance of industry representation. The FTA Administrator (Administrator) will recommend nominees for appointment by the Secretary. The Secretary will make the final membership selection.

When will FTA notify applicants that have been selected?  
FTA will evaluate the applications after the solicitation period has closed. After the Secretary makes the final membership selection, FTA will notify the individuals nominated for appointment.  

How long will members serve on TRACS?
Appointments are for two-year terms and serve at the pleasure of the Secretary; however, a member may reapply to serve additional terms if the TRACS charter is renewed.

How often does TRACS meet?
The committee charter states that TRACS will meet at least once per year. The Administrator may also create subcommittees to meet regularly to support TRACS tasks. Historically, TRACS held two committee-wide conferences per year and monthly subcommittee meetings.

What topics will TRACS study?
The Secretary, Administrator or their designee will task TRACS with matters relating to the safety of U.S. public transportation systems. TRACS will review current challenges and innovations in public transportation and provide recommendations that FTA can implement to support safety in the public transportation sector. 

Please address further questions to TRACS@dot.gov.

    Last updated: Friday, April 15, 2022