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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  • Please include one question, comment, or suggestion per post to help us keep the forum organized.
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  1. 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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  2. Employee Safety Reporting Program

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

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  3. Contractor Training

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

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  4. Safety Training

    What kind of safety training courses are you requiring for personnel (including contractors) considered directly responsible for safety?

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  5. Management of Change

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

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  6. Safety Performance Monitoring and Measurement

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

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  7. Accountable Executive and Board of Directors Approval of State DOT plans

    For State Departments of Transportation drafting Agency Safety Plans for small public transportation providers: How do you plan to work with the providers to ensure they get approval from the Accountable Executive and the Board of Directors or an Equivalent Authority?

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  8. Agency Safety Plan Review

    What agency departments or functions will participate in the review of your Agency Safety Plan?

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  9. Monitoring Safety Risk Mitigations

    How will your agency monitor safety risk mitigations?

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  10. Hazard Identification

    Which activities and tools are you using for hazard identification? Who at your agency is responsible for this safety risk management step?

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  11. 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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  12. Key Staff SMS Roles and Responsibilities

    What SMS roles and responsibilities are you assigning to key staff in your ASP?

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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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