FTA Announces Certification of State Safety Oversight Program for Maryland Ahead of Important Deadline

FTA today announced that Maryland has obtained federal certification of its rail transit State Safety Oversight (SSO) Program, 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. In Maryland, the Department of Transportation is responsible for providing safety oversight of the Maryland Transit Administration's heavy and light rail systems in Baltimore.

Thirty states must obtain FTA certification of their SSO Programs by April 15, 2019. With today’s announcement, 13 states have now achieved SSO Program certification. By federal law, the deadline cannot be waived or extended.

If a state fails to meet the deadline, FTA is prohibited by law from awarding any new federal transit funds to transit agencies within the state until certification is achieved. 

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State Safety Oversight (SSO) Program

State Safety Oversight Certification Status

SSO certification status table