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. 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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  3. Terminology confusion

    Can you please clarify the difference between PTASP, ASP, and SMS?

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  5. Safety Hazard Identification and Safety Risk Assessment

    What sources for safety hazard identification did you include in your Agency Safety Plan?

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  6. 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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  7. Certification

    What types of challenges could potentially delay your agency’s certification of compliance with the PTASP regulation in TrAMS by the December 31 deadline?

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  8. Vanpool clarification/assistance

    It is my understanding that a vanpool operation that receives 5307 capital funding from the large urban provider is required to have a PTASP or participate in the large urban PTASP. What does that look like? Seems like it's overly burdensome to require a 3 staff agency with volunteer drivers to have something this extensive in place. Are there sample policies out there that are more simplified are more specific to a VP operation?

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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. PTASP Requirements

    The PTASP has 4 requirements. SMS, Safety Performance Targets, Employee Reporting Program and Comprehensive Training Program. Where would the SRM fall under?

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  14. 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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  16. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. Second PTASP Notice of Enforcement

    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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