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State Safety Oversight (SSO) Program

Safety officers attend demonstration at Maryland Transit Administration in Baltimore

The purpose of the State Safety Oversight program is to oversee safety at rail transit systems. The SSO program is administered by eligible states with rail transit systems in their jurisdiction. FTA provides federal funds through the SSO Formula Grant Program for eligible states to develop or carry out their SSO programs. Under 49 U.S.C. Section 5329(e), as amended by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), FTA is required to certify each state’s program to ensure compliance with MAP-21. Review the list of SSO agencies.

What's New

As required under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, FTA will issue Special Directives to each State Safety Oversight Agency requiring them to develop and implement a risk-based inspection program of the rail transit agencies they oversee. FTA hosted webinars to provide an overview of the requirements

SSO Certification

Two-Hour Accident Notification Guide

State Safety Oversight (SSO) Final Rule

Training

Webinar: Guide to Meeting Technical Training Plan Requirements for SSO Agencies (June 10, 2015)

State Safety Oversight Reporting (SSOR) Refresher Training Webinars

This webinar will provide refresher training on using the State Safety Oversight Reporting (SSOR) tool, and provide a review of the system.

State Safety Oversight Reporting (SSOR) Refresher Training Webinar #1
Monday, January 13, 2022, at 2:00 PM ET
Registration is required to attend this webinar.

State Safety Oversight Reporting (SSOR) Refresher Training Webinar #2
Tuesday, February 15, 2022, at 2:00 PM ET
Registration is required to attend this webinar.

SSO Formula Grant Program

Advisories and Technical Assistance

Last updated: Thursday, August 11, 2022