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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. 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. 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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  3. 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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  4. Safety Communication

    What methods does your agency use to communicate safety information to employees and contractors? How do you ensure employees and contractors have received the safety information?

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  5. 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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  6. TAC ASP Review Feedback

    If your agency submitted a draft ASP to the TAC for review, what was the most valuable feedback you received?

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  7. Agency Safety Plan Approval Process

    What challenges did your agency come across during the Agency Safety Plan approval process and how did you handle them?

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  8. Safety Risk Management (Hazards vs. Consequences)

    What kind of guidance is your agency providing for safety staff to ensure that hazards identified during the Safety Risk Management process are hazards and not consequences?

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  9. Certification - With the deadline now being December 31,2020, does that now become our timeline for annual review and certification?

    Certification - With the deadline now being December 31,2020, does that now become our timeline for annual review and certification?

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  10. Safety Risk Management (Hazard Identification)

    What is one takeaway from an FTA workshop, webinar, training or resource that helped you conduct hazard identification at your agency?

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  11. ASP Development

    What resources or guidance from FTA’s Technical Assistance Center have been the most helpful in supporting the development of your agency’s Agency Safety Plan?

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  12. ASP Development

    Which part of Agency Safety Plan development did your agency find the most challenging, and how did you overcome that challenge?

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  13. 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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  15. Compliance Monitoring

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

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  16. Fall Virtual PTASP Workshops

    Due to significant interest following the August workshops, FTA will host two more virtual Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (PTASP) Bus Workshops this fall. These two-day workshops will take place on September 29–30 and October 13–14, 2020. Each workshop will focus on the PTASP regulation requirements and provide strategies for completing an Agency Safety Plan (ASP) by the December 31, 2020 deadline.

    Register for Workshop 1: September 29–30, 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time: https://bit.ly/2FFKmc1

    Register for Workshop 2: October 13–14, 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time: https://bit.ly/33EnD89

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  17. Compliance Monitoring

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

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  18. Compliance Monitoring

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

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  19. 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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  20. Management of Change

    How does your agency document changes to your service operations?

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