Environmental Management Systems
FTA encourages project sponsors to minimize the impact of their operations and construction through sound practices. An Environmental Management System (EMS) is a tool consisting of a set of processes and practices that enables an organization to analyze, control, and reduce environmental impacts and achieve an associated reduction in the number, type, and severity of compliance incidents. Transit agencies that have implemented an EMS also report business benefits, including more efficient and controlled operations; cost savings; and improved relationships with employees, regulators, systems users, and the general public.
EMS Resources and Trainings
- Nine Steps to Starting a Successful Environmental and Sustainability Management System (August 2020)
- FTA Recorded Webinars:
- FTA online, self-paced ESMS Introductory Online Course for transit agencies interested in understanding the fundamentals of an EMS
FTA EMS Training and Technical Assistance Program
FTA’s EMS assistance program helps transit agencies develop and implement an EMS at their facilities. Participants in the program receive training, on-site technical support visits, electronic materials and resources, and consultation to help develop an EMS using standard 14001 of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
Transit agencies from across the country have participated in the program, ranging from medium sized agencies with bus and paratransit services to agencies with large, complex operations including ferry services, heavy rail, commuter rail, and bus rapid transit.
Note: FTA is not currently accepting participants for in-person training or technical assistance under this program, but refer to this web page for potential future offerings.
Technical Assistance Final Reports
See the final reports below from each completed round of the program for more details about each participant’s EMS and the benefits they achieved from implementing an EMS: