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.


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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. What system reliability performance measures are required for rail transit agencies?

    The National Public Transportation Safety Plan only mentions vehicles when describing the system reliability performance measure. Are transit agencies only required to include vehicle reliability in their system reliability performance measure?

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  6. I am interested in knowing what data systems are being used at transit agencies to track and risk rank incidents and accidents?

    The PTASP requires assessing risks and having good data our existing systems could be improved. Would like to know what solutions others are using. considik@trimet.org

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  7. System Reliability

    If you are a small public transportation provider that does not report mechanical failures to the NTD (Reduced Reporter), what data sources are you using to set your system reliability target?

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