FTA Announces Certification of State Safety Oversight Programs for Arizona, Georgia, and Pennsylvania Ahead of Important Deadline

FTA today announced that Arizona, Georgia, and Pennsylvania have obtained federal certification of their rail transit State Safety Oversight (SSO) Programs, in advance of an important safety deadline.

Federal law requires states with rail transit systems to obtain FTA certification of their SSO Programs by April 15, 2019.  By federal law, the deadline cannot be waived or extended. 

The Arizona Department of Transportation is responsible for providing safety oversight of the Valley Metro light rail system and the City of Tucson streetcar. The Georgia Department of Transportation is responsible for providing safety oversight of the Metropolitan Atlanta Regional Transit Authority heavy rail system and the City of Atlanta streetcar. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is responsible for the providing safety oversight of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority heavy rail, light rail, and trolley lines; the Port Authority of Allegheny County light rail system; and the Cambria County Transit Authority incline.

Thirty states must obtain FTA certification of their SSO Programs by April 15, 2019.  With today’s announcement, 11 states have now achieved SSO Program certification.

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State Safety Oversight Program Certification Status
Press release: FTA Announces Certification of State Safety Oversight Programs for Arizona, Georgia, and Pennsylvania Ahead of Important Deadline