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Transit Safety & Oversight (TSO)

Call to Action: National Roadway Safety Strategy

Join the NRSS Call to Action and tell us what specific actions you’re taking in 2023 to reduce serious injuries and deaths on our roadways.

Fatigue Resources for Transit Operations

FTA has compiled resources that can be used to better understand fatigue and fatigue-related issues in the workplace.

Overview

FTA administers a national transit safety program and compliance oversight process to advance safe, reliable, and equitable transit service throughout the United States. The Office of Transit Safety and Oversight helps to increase transit safety through:

  • Policy development
  • Hazard investigation
  • Data collection
  • Risk analysis
  • Oversight programs
  • Information sharing

What's New

Transit Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS) Meeting

FTA will hold a TRACS meeting on Monday, June 24 and Tuesday, June 25, 2024 in Washington, D.C. The public is invited to participate in the meetings in-person or virtually. More information is available in the Federal Register Notice.

New FTA Technical Resources on Assaults on Transit Worker Data Reporting 

FTA has published new technical resources that will clarify the new Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) requirements for expanded reporting of assaults on transit workers to the National Transit Database (NTD).

Access the resources below:  

Public Transportation Agency Safety Plans (PTASP) Technical Assistance Center (TAC) Survey

Are you subject to the PTASP regulation or did you receive PTASP TAC support in 2023? If so, we want to hear from you. Take a brief survey by May 30, 2024 to share your thoughts on what current support works well and what new resources would be helpful to meet the regulation requirements.  

FTA Suicide and Mental Health Crisis Intervention on Transit Webinar

On May 29, 2024, FTA hosted a webinar to discuss suicide prevention and mental health crisis intervention on transit. Guest speakers from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, San Francisco Suicide Prevention, Bay Area Rapid Transit and Utah Transit Authority shared available resources, experiences and lessons learned from success interventions. FTA updated its mental health webpage with new toolkits, handouts, articles and more to support transit workers struggling with mental health.

FTA Suicide and Mental Health Crisis Intervention on Transit Webinar
May 29, 2024 | Presentation | Recording

Public Transportation Agency Safety Plans and National Public Transportation Safety Plan Final Updates

On April 9, 2024, FTA published the first major update to the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plans (PTASP) regulation along with the National Public Transportation Safety Plan. These updates are a part of FTA’s continuing efforts to improve transit safety performance on federally supported transit systems. PTASP is the first rule finalized by FTA under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law requirements to make transit safer for both transit workers and passengers. 

Rail Transit Roadway Worker Protection Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 

On Monday, March 25, 2024, FTA published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register proposing minimum safety standards for Rail Transit Roadway Worker Protection (RWP). The public comment period closed on May 24, 2024.

Fatigue Resources for Transit Operations 

FTA published a new Fatigue Resources for Transit Operations webpage dedicated to improving the transit community’s understanding of the effects of fatigue in the workplace. 

FTA SMS in Practice Workshops

FTA will begin a new workshop series, SMS in Practice, with the first workshop on Advancing Safety Risk Management and Safety Assurance to spotlight two critical components in Safety Management System (SMS). FTA has scheduled in-person workshops in Denver, CO on April 17–18, 2024 and Atlanta, GA on May 15–16, 2024, and one virtual workshop on June 5–6, 2024. 

Due to the interactive format, space is limited to 50 participants. A waitlist will be provided, and if there is a high demand, more virtual workshops may be offered at a later date.

De-Escalation Training Resource Directory

FTA published a new De-Escalation Training Resource Directory that contains resources to support the transit industry in developing, implementing and updating their training.

Transit Customer Assault Prevention Resources

To improve transit safety for riders, FTA recently published a new Transit Customer Assault Prevention webpage for transit agencies to provide more resources to help prevent and address crime in their systems.

Procurement System Review Program Training Module: Cost and Price Analysis

This e-learning course will provide recipients with an understanding of the fundamentals and best practices for procurement cost and price analysis as required by 2 CFR 200, the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), and other federal third-party contracting requirements. After taking this e-Learning course, recipients will be able to:

  • define price and cost analysis;
  • discuss key regulations and guidance pertaining to cost and price analysis;
  • describe the importance of conducting an independent cost estimate;
  • outline the process of completing an independent cost estimate;
  • describe the steps of a price analysis versus a cost analysis;
  • describe how to document cost analysis and negotiations; and
  • compare types of contracts.

This e-Learning course aims to help mitigate procurement findings during State Management and Triennial Reviews.

Proposed General Directive: Required Actions Regarding Assaults on Transit Workers

FTA is initiating a significant step to reduce assaults on our nation’s transit workforce by issuing for public comment a proposed General Directive: Required Actions Regarding Assaults on Transit Workers. FTA is proposing to issue this General Directive to help transit agencies use their Safety Management System (SMS) processes to assess the risk associated with assaults on transit workers and to prioritize and develop mitigations. 

State Safety Oversight Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

On November 15, 2023, FTA published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register proposing updated requirements for the State Safety Oversight regulation. The public comment period closed on Thursday, February 15, 2024.

State Safety Oversight Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Overview Webinar
Thursday, November 30, 2023
Presentation | Recording

Transit Worker Hours of Service and Fatigue Risk Management Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

On Monday, October 30, FTA published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) in the Federal Register on Transit Worker Hours of Service and Fatigue Risk Management. The public comment period closed on January 29, 2024.

FTA Virtual Listening Session on the Transit Worker Hours of Service and Fatigue Risk Management ANPRM
Tuesday, December 5, 2023
Presentation | Recording

Proposed Changes to PTSCTP Requirements

On October 26, 2023, FTA published a Federal Register Notice soliciting feedback on proposed updates to FTA’s Public Transportation Safety Certification Training Program (PTSCTP) regulation. This proposed update to the regulation will build upon existing training requirements for safety professionals in rail transit agencies and ensure that the training curriculum is more responsive to evolving industry needs. The public comment period closed on December 26, 2023.

Public Transportation Safety Certification Training Program Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Webinar
Wednesday, November 8, 2023
Presentation | Recording