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Safety Performance Targets Guide


The Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (PTASP) regulation, at 49 CFR Part 673, requires covered public transportation providers and State Departments of Transportation (DOT) to establish Safety Performance Targets (SPTs) to address the Safety Performance Measures (SPMs) identified in the National Public Transportation Safety Plan (49 CFR § 673.11(a)(3)).

An SPT is a quantifiable level of performance or condition expressed as a value for the measure related to safety management activities to be achieved within a set time period (§ 673.5). An SPM is a quantifiable indicator of performance or condition that is used to establish targets related to safety management activities, and to assess progress toward meeting the established targets (§ 673.5). Transit providers may choose to establish additional targets for the purpose of safety performance monitoring and measurement.

This guide provides information to help transit providers develop SPTs based on the SPMs in FTA’s National Public Transportation Safety Plan.

Version 2 includes clarifications on the seven required SPTs, additional information about modal categories and Reduced Reporters, and new examples.

For information on Bipartisan Infrastructure Law safety requirements, see FTA’s web page or email

Effective Date: Tuesday, June 29, 2021
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