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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. Chief Safety Officer

    Some transit agencies do not have a designated safety department. Who will serve as the Chief Safety Officer or SMS Executive in your agency?

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  5. Template

    This seems like an obvious question but I've looked and can't seem to find the answer. Is there a template that is able to be filled out via my computer? As in, not printed and then written in?

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  6. Small Transit Agency Opt-Out Letter Examples

    If your small agency has opted to develop your own agency safety plan, would you mind sharing a copy of your opt-out letter to your state department of transportation?

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  7. 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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  9. What is the definition of a close call?

    What is the definition of a close call for a bus-only system?

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  11. 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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