Final Safety Rules Complete Foundation of a National Public Transportation Safety Program

FTA today issued two final regulations to strengthen the safety of public transportation systems: the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan rule and the Safety Certification Training Program rule

The Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan rule requires transit agencies to incorporate Safety Management System (SMS) policies and procedures as they develop safety plans to better manage their safety risks. Since no two transit systems are alike, the rule sets scalable and flexible requirements for safety plans. 

The requirements of the Public Transportation Safety Training Certification Program rule establish a basic training curriculum to enhance the technical competencies and capabilities of individuals responsible for the safety oversight of rail transit systems.  

In 2012 and again in 2015, Congress granted FTA significant new safety authorities that expanded FTA’s role from being primarily a grant-making agency to functioning as a safety oversight regulatory body. With these actions, FTA has completed the regulatory framework for the National Public Transportation Safety Program as authorized by Congress.

Links:
Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan
Safety Management Systems (SMS)
Public Transportation Safety Training Certification Program