During an emergency, transit agency employees may be responsible for managing incidents, assessing situations, and taking appropriate actions. Crisis management is stressful, so transit agency staff not only need clear procedures to follow, but also training and practice on how to carry out those procedures. From considering emergency response in vehicle and equipment purchasing to.. read more →

FTA will host a webinar on May 23, 2017, from 2-3 p.m. EST to highlight examples of how transit agencies can build their asset inventories. The webinar will feature presentations from Doug Holcomb and Athena Ullah, from Greater Bridgeport Transit and Metrolink, respectively. The TAM Asset Inventory webinar is part of a webinar series FTA.. read more →

As technical assistance to transit agencies that are considering disaster resilience as a part of their capital investment programs, FTA has updated its resilience benefit tool — the Hazard Mitigation Cost Effectiveness Tool. First developed to evaluate potential resilience projects in the Northeast for competitive funding in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, FTA’s updated tool.. read more →

A passenger rail equipment qualification and acceptance database funded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) was developed to house all past and present qualification and acceptance tests for new passenger vehicles. The database is available for the industry including transit agencies writing new vehicle procurement documents, car builders reviewing specifications, and other industry stakeholders. Tests.. read more →

Two weeks remain before the March 20, 2017, deadline to submit comments on the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) proposed General Directive 17-1, which addresses the dangerous combination of unsafe conditions and practices that lead to stop signal overruns. The proposed general directive would require rail transit agencies and State Safety Oversight Agencies to work together.. read more →

A new issue of the Transit Safety and Oversight Spotlight newsletter is now available. The February edition includes information about the National Public Transportation Safety Plan, a reminder to comment on FTA’s proposed General Directive about stop signal overruns by March 20, FTA’s recently published safety standards report, and upcoming safety training. Please share the.. read more →

On August 12th, FRA issued the Final Rule Part 270 on System Safety Programs for commuter and intercity passenger rail and affects host railroads that support passenger operations.  This rule establishes new criteria for passenger railroads to consult with their employees in the development of their SSPPs and submittal for FRAs approval.  This rule becomes.. read more →

Commuter rail agencies, take note: the U.S. Department of Transportation today announced a notice of funding opportunity for $199 million in competitive grant funding for Positive Train Control (PTC) implementation, which prevents accidents and saves lives. The grants, which will be selected by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and awarded and administered by the Federal.. read more →

Today, FTA issued a final rule requiring FTA grantees to develop management plans for their public transportation assets, including vehicles, facilities, equipment, and other infrastructure. The Transit Asset Management (TAM) final rule asks transit agencies to develop a strategic approach to maintain and improve capital assets. Every FTA-supported transit provider will be required to inventory.. read more →

In response to increased industry interest, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced today that the National Online Dialogue to address the problem of transit worker assaults will remain open until Wednesday, August 31. The National Online Dialogue presents stakeholders with an opportunity to help FTA identify risk control strategies, impediments to a safe workplace, and.. read more →