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CTAA Analysis of FTA's NPRM on Public Transportation Agency Safety Plans Available

From the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA)

Released on Feb. 5, 2016, the Federal Transit Administration’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Public Transportation Agency Safety plans is available, in full, here.

Comments must be received to the docket by April 5, 2016. FTA will hold as yet unscheduled webinars to further explain the NPRM. The NPRM proposes requirements for Public Transportation Agency Safety Plans, originally mandated in MAP-21, which passed into law on July 6, 2012. In addition to the safety plans, the NPRM covers the requirements for adoption of Safety Management Systems (SMS) principles, the updating of safety plans and coordination of these plans with other FTA programs.

Currently, FTA does not have any comprehensive safety regulations, other than drug- and alcohol-testing and the safety oversight of rail transit. The MAP-21 legislation directed FTA to establish comprehensive transit safety regulations across all modes of public transit. FTA first elicited input on its approach to transit safety through a 123-question Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in October 2013. It's important to remember that FTA has not yet changed any of its rules; everything in its February 5, 2016, Federal Register notice is only a proposal. Whatever FTA issues as a final rule later this year will be based on the comments that you and other interested parties submit to its docket. CTAA will produce a set of recommendations to share with the industry well in advance of April 5. 

CTAA's full summary is available for review.

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