PTASP Technical Assistance Forum

In light of the extraordinary challenges presented by the COVID-19 public health emergency, on December 11, 2020 FTA issued a second Notice of Enforcement Discretion for the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (PTASP) regulation (49 CFR Part 673). FTA will refrain from taking enforcement action until July 21, 2021 for recipients and subrecipients unable to certify compliance with the PTASP regulation. 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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  1. ASP Modifications Due to COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

    Has your agency modified/amended its Agency Safety Plan to document any new activities or tools it has adopted in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency? If so, what modifications have you made?

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  3. COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Effect on ASP

    Due to impacts from the COVID-19 public health emergency, will you need to scale back certain areas of your ASP? If so, which areas?

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  4. ASP Development and the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

    How has the COVID-19 public health emergency affected your Agency Safety Plan development?

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  5. Coordinating with Contractors for ASP Development

    If you coordinated with service or maintenance contractors while developing your Agency Safety Plan, what strategies did you use to make the process go smoothly?

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  6. TAC ASP Review Feedback

    If your agency submitted a draft ASP to the TAC for review, what was the most valuable feedback you received?

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  7. Agency Safety Plan Approval Process

    What challenges did your agency come across during the Agency Safety Plan approval process and how did you handle them?

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  8. ASP Development

    What resources or guidance from FTA’s Technical Assistance Center have been the most helpful in supporting the development of your agency’s Agency Safety Plan?

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  9. ASP Development

    Which part of Agency Safety Plan development did your agency find the most challenging, and how did you overcome that challenge?

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  10. Fall Virtual PTASP Workshops

    Due to significant interest following the August workshops, FTA will host two more virtual Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (PTASP) Bus Workshops this fall. These two-day workshops will take place on September 29–30 and October 13–14, 2020. Each workshop will focus on the PTASP regulation requirements and provide strategies for completing an Agency Safety Plan (ASP) by the December 31, 2020 deadline.

    Register for Workshop 1: September 29–30, 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time: https://bit.ly/2FFKmc1

    Register for Workshop 2: October 13–14, 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time: https://bit.ly/33EnD89

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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  16. 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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  17. SMS/ASP Gap Analysis Checklists

    In 2015, “FTA piloted its new SMS gap analysis tool and provided training to apprise [WMATA] executive, safety, and technical management personnel of SMS concepts and requirements.”
    The 2015 SMS gap analysis appears to have overlapping checklist items compared to the latest FTA ASP checklist published in August 2019. The assessment scales are also different - understandably so - given the 2015 checklist was meant for what appears to be an effort to assess WMATA’s SMS implementation “maturity” while the 2019 checklist appears to be more of a documentation effort, using a simplified assessment scale.
    Does FTA consider the checklist…

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  18. ASP Development Milestones

    Does your agency have milestones for the development of your Agency Safety Plans (ASP) by the July 20, 2020 compliance deadline? If so, what ASP milestones has your transit agency established?

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  20. Safety Performance Measures

    The PTASP requires agencies to provide four safety performance measures to FTA. One of the measures is safety events. What does FTA considerer a safety event? And should agencies also add injuries and fatalities to this figure since they are events that occur within the operating system.

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