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 →

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Office of Transit Safety and Oversight (TSO) announces the availability of a new e-Learning course, “Rail Nomenclature,” on the TSO Safety Training and Resource website. This e-Learning offering will improve skills and awareness regarding the basic terminology and components used in rail transit systems. “Rail Nomenclature” includes detailed modules on.. read more →

On April 7, 2016, FTA issued Safety Advisory 16-1 to collect information on the frequency of stop signal overruns in the rail transit industry and the actions being taken to address these occurrences. FTA is aware of stop signal overrun incidents, but lacks an industry-wide database on the issue. Some State Safety Oversight Agencies (SSOAs).. read more →

The Federal Transit Administration’s Office of Transit Safety & Oversight will host a webinar from 2-3:30 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, April 12 to discuss the State Safety Oversight (SSO) final rule. This session will be an opportunity for attendees to learn more about the provisions of the rule and ask questions related to implementation. The.. read more →

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced a final rule that significantly strengthens state safety oversight and enforcement authority to prevent and mitigate accidents and incidents on rail transit systems. “With the more rigorous and effective state safety oversight required by this final rule and federal law, transit systems across the nation.. read more →

This is the last week to register and attend the webinar series hosted by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA)’s Office of Transit Safety and Oversight to discuss the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and the proposed National Public Transportation Safety Plan. During the webinar series, which starts tomorrow with a.. read more →