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Transit Safety & Oversight (TSO)

What's New

President Biden, USDOT Announce More Than $573 Million in Available Funding from the New Railroad Crossing Elimination Program

On June 30, 2022, the Federal Railroad Administration issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) announcing more than $573 million in available grant funding this year alone for the Railroad Crossing Elimination Program. This new competitive discretionary grant program – which will help improve safety, eliminate lengthy delays at railroad crossings in communities across the country and ultimately lower the costs of transporting goods, making them more affordable for American families – was created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Special Directives to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities

To improve safety for the Greater Boston Area’s rail transit system, FTA issued a series of special directives to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU), the state agency responsible for safety oversight of the MBTA’s rail transit operations.

Overview

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.

    Agency Safety Plan (ASP) Directory

    FTA published an Agency Safety Plan (ASP) Directory as part of the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (PTASP) Technical Assistance Center (TAC) Resource Library. Transit agencies can use these publicly available ASPs as a resource to help with their own ASP.

    TSO Spotlight Newsletter

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

    • 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: June 2022
    • Access all PTASP webinars.
    • Subscribe to PTASP updates.

    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.

    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

    Presentations & Webinars

    Additional Resources

    COVID-19 Information

    TSO Office Information