PTASP Technical Assistance Forum

In light of the extraordinary operational challenges presented by the COVID-19 public health emergency, FTA issued a Notice of Enforcement Discretion effectively extending the PTASP compliance deadline from July 20,2020 to December 31,2020. Please visit FTA's COVID-19 FAQs page for more information about the Notice.

This forum offers peer-to-peer sharing of effective practices to support you in developing an Agency Safety Plan and implementing a Safety Management System.  It also provides an opportunity for you to ask questions and request and share resources with the transit community.

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  2. Management of change

    Who in your agency (or what department) is involved in deciding whether a planned change needs to be assessed for safety risk?

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  3. Safety Promotion

    What methods of communication does your agency use to announce safety concerns?

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  4. ASP Development Progress and COVID-19

    Has the COVID-19 public health emergency affected the contents of your Agency Safety Plan, and if so, how?

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  5. Bus Contractor's Existing SSPP?

    Question: Our agency contracts our bus and paratransit service operations and maintenance to a contractor, and that contractor has an existing System Safety Program Plan (SSPP). Since our agency is the recipient of the FTA funds (not the contractor), can the contractor keep their existing SSPP, and can our new ASP cite/reference sections of the contractor's SSPP?

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  6. Welcome to the FTA’s PTASP Technical Assistance Forum!

    Welcome and thank you for accessing the FTA’s PTASP Technical Assistance Forum!

    To get the discussion started, FTA would like to know if there are any additional resources that would help your agency in developing its Agency Safety Plan? Please post your comments below!

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  7. Agency Contractors

    Question - Does the number of vehicles that a contractor uses to provide service affect the number of vehicles in service during peak hours and determine whether you are considered a small or large provider? Should the contractor vehicles be counted with the vehicles that your agency directly operates?

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  8. Safety Performance Target Question

    On February 4th, FTA hosted a webinar related to Safety Performance Targets. In the first couple of slides of the presentation, the presenter and the slide stated the fatality performance measure excludes suicides, trespassers, and natural causes. That statement is in conflict with the National Public Transportation Safety Plan footnote 8 which states, “The thresholds for "reportable" fatalities, injuries, and events are defined in the NTD Safety and Security Reporting Manual.”
    In the NTD Safety and Security Reporting Manual, there is no exclusion to the fatality definition as stated in this webinar. Please advise if we should listen to the…

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  9. Sub-contractors in ASP?

    If fixed route and paratransit is provided by a contracted entity, does ASP also need to address sub-contracted companies such as security, janitorial, visiting personnel, etc. If so, do they need a separate section in the ASP?

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  10. Describing the Modes of Transit

    Should NTD terms be used to describe the Modes of Service in the following sections: Safety Performance Targets ; Transit Agency Information? Or is Paratransit and Fixed Bus acceptable like in the sample plan? Might be simple to many but I need clarification, help?

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  11. MPO?

    I am working on the portion where it asks to describe the coordination with the State and MPO the selection of the safety performance targets. We are a large bus transit agency. Who would the MPO be? We report data to the NTD. Would they be our MPO?

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  12. Employee Safety Reporting Program

    What method(s) does your agency use for employee safety reporting?

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  13. Vanpool clarification/assistance

    It is my understanding that a vanpool operation that receives 5307 capital funding from the large urban provider is required to have a PTASP or participate in the large urban PTASP. What does that look like? Seems like it's overly burdensome to require a 3 staff agency with volunteer drivers to have something this extensive in place. Are there sample policies out there that are more simplified are more specific to a VP operation?

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  15. Terminology confusion

    Can you please clarify the difference between PTASP, ASP, and SMS?

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  16. Safety Assurance Question

    What are other agencies doing for the Safety Assurance portion of the PTASP? This is the area that is the most unclear as to the requirements after reading the resources posted online. Thanks

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  17. How to coordinate ASP and SSEPP

    How does FTA anticipate the ASP working together with the System Security and Emergency Preparedness Program Plan (SSEPP)? Can we integrate the SSEPP into the ASP, essentially eliminating it as a document? Alternatively, can we separate safety from security functions and keep two distinct documents?

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  20. Contractor Training

    Will your agency require SMS training for contractors? If so, what will that training address?

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