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Transit Safety & Oversight (TSO)


FTA administers a national transit safety program and compliance oversight process to advance safe, reliable, and equitable transit service throughout the U.S. FTA's TSO Office helps make transit safer through policy development, hazard investigation, data collection, risk analysis, oversight programs and information sharing.

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FTA TSO Office Open Positions

FTA TSO Office of System Safety (TSO-10)

Mental Health Resources for the Transit Industry

  • FTA published Mental Health Resources to support the transit industry as we continue to overcome the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cybersecurity Resources for Transit Agencies

  • FTA published Cybersecurity Resources to support transit agencies during a time of unprecedented ransomware attacks targeting the transportation sector.

FTA Special Directive 22-1

  • FTA issued Special Directive 22-1 requiring the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) to address required actions, Corrective Actions, and concerns identified through allegations of noncompliance brought to GDOT and FTA regarding the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority's implementation of its Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan and GDOT's oversight capabilities.

Federal Mask Requirement for Public Transportation

  • As a result of a court order, effective April 18, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) January 29, 2021 Order requiring masks on public transportation conveyances and at transportation hubs is no longer in effect. Therefore, CDC will not enforce the Order. CDC continues to recommend that people wear masks in indoor public transportation settings at this time. In addition, effective immediately, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will not enforce its mask-related Security Directives. TSA is also withdrawing its Security Directive 1582/84-21-01E, which was issued on April 15, 2022, and was scheduled to take effect on April 19, 2022.

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Transit Advisory Committee for Safety

TSO Spotlight Newsletter

Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan Technical Assistance Center (PTASP TAC)

  • Register for the Developing and Monitoring Safety Risk Mitigations webinar on Thursday, May 26, 2022 at 2:00 pm ET. This webinar will review practices for developing and documenting mitigations to address the results of safety risk assessment and provide examples of mitigations and monitoring plans developed to reduce safety risk at differently sized transit agencies.
  • Register for The Safety Risk Register in Action webinar on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at 2:00 pm ET. This webinar will demonstrate practices for and provide examples of using safety risk registers to track hazards and mitigations.
  • PTASP TAC Update: April 2022
  • Access all PTASP webinars.
  • Subscribe to PTASP updates.

Presentations & Webinars

Additional Resources

COVID-19 Information

TSO Office Information