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. Monitoring Safety Risk Mitigations

    What tools do you use to keep track of safety risk mitigations so you can monitor the mitigations to see if they are effective, appropriate, and implemented as intended? Who, in your agency, is responsible for monitoring safety risk mitigations?

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  2. Safety Event Investigations

    During safety event investigations, how will your agency check for organizational factors that may have contributed to the event?

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  3. Internal Safety Reporting Programs

    How do you monitor information reported through all of your internal safety reporting programs beyond just the Employee Safety Reporting Program?

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  4. Internal Safety Reporting Program

    What kinds of internal safety reporting programs are you using to monitor compliance information, such as for analysis and trending?

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  5. Compliance Monitoring

    How do your agency’s compliance monitoring activities help you determine the effectiveness of safety risk mitigations?

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  6. Compliance Monitoring

    What are some of the activities your agency uses to monitor compliance with its maintenance procedures?

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  7. Compliance Monitoring

    What are some of the activities your agency uses to monitor compliance with its operations procedures?

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  8. Continuous Improvement

    Who will be responsible for assessing your agency’s safety performance and the effectiveness of your SMS? Will you use outside expertise?

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  9. Management of Change

    How does your agency document changes to your service operations?

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  10. Continuous Improvement

    What methods will you use to assess your safety performance and the effectiveness of your SMS?

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  11. Management of Change

    What criteria do you use to determine whether identified changes need to be evaluated through your safety risk management process?

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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. Management of Change

    How does your agency evaluate whether planned changes present safety concerns?

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  15. Safety Performance Monitoring and Measurement

    How does your agency know that your safety risk mitigations are working as intended?

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