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Transit Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS)

NEW: FTA published a notice in the Federal Register announcing its intent to reestablish the Transit Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS).

TRACS provides information, advice and recommendations on transit safety and other issues as determined by the Secretary of Transportation and the FTA Administrator. TRACS is comprised of a diverse panel of professionals representing a variety of stakeholders and interests to cooperatively address transit safety and other issues by recommending solutions based on agreed-upon facts. 

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


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

TRACS provides advice and recommendations to the FTA Administrator regarding transit safety issues. TRACS does not make determinations of fact or policy.  The level of expertise and balanced viewpoints of the committee 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.

The FTA Administrator, on behalf of the Secretary of Transportation, will name an Executive Director for the committee who will also serve as the designated federal official responsible for ensuring compliance with the requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

  • Acting Committee Chair: Pamela M. Fischhaber, Ph.D., P.E., WSO-CSS, Deputy Director for Public Safety and Chief of the Rail/Transit Safety Section for the Colorado Public Utilities Commission
  • Committee Vice-Chair: Vacant

TRACS Reports

TRACS Meetings

July 21-22, 2020 TRACS Full Committee Meeting

February 25-26, 2020 TRACS Full Committee Meeting

September 9-10, 2019 TRACS Full Committee Meeting

March 26-27, 2019 TRACS Full Committee Meeting

Notices and Participation

TRACS will meet as a full committee at least twice a year. Committee meetings will be announced in the Federal Register 15 days prior and are open to the public. Notice shall include 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 Federal Register notice that announces the meeting.  Materials to be reviewed at the committee’s convenience may be submitted at any time to the FTA.


Last updated: Friday, January 14, 2022