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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FTA recently published a sample Agency Safety Plan (ASP) for small public transportation providers on the PTASP Technical Assistance Center website. You can view this sample ASP here: https://www.transit.dot.gov/regulations-and-programs/safety/public-transportation-agency-safety-program/sample-small-public
The PTASP rule applies to transit agencies that are recipients and subrecipients of Section 5307 funding (49 C.F.R. § 673.1), not its contracted providers of service. Contractors are not required to develop their own Agency Safety Plans (ASPs). If a recipient or subrecipient of Section 5307 funds contracts another entity to provide transit service, the recipient or subrecipient is responsible for ensuring that the terms and conditions of its contract satisfy Part 673 requirements.
A 5307 recipient with only one contracted provider of transportation services could request that the contractor develop the ASP, but the recipient has the responsibility to ensure compliance with the regulation and certify compliance annually—not its contractor. Alternatively, the recipient could develop the plan and ensure that the contractor follows it.
For a recipient that uses contractors to provide transit service, it will be beneficial for the agency or State DOT drafting the ASP to collaborate with the contractors during plan development to help ensure the ASP is realistic, implementable, and fits the unique needs of the transit service providers.
FTA published resources related to these topics on the PTASP-TAC website:
The PTASP Applicability Infographic illustrates which agencies must prepare an ASP.
FTA’s April 24, 2019, webinar, “Contractors and Other External Service Providers,” addresses the issue of ASPs for recipients that use contractors.
The Key Points for Developing Agency Safety Plans for Recipients with Contractors and Other External Providers Fact Sheet discusses the roles and responsibilities of recipients and contractors in developing and implementing ASPs.
As a college that is in partnership with the city transit system, would we have to create our own safety plan manual or would we use the cities transit safety plan since we are under contract with them?
FTA has not developed a sample Agency Safety Plan (ASP) for the transit industry. However, FTA has published templates and other resources that you may find very useful when developing your ASP.
For bus agencies:
1. PTASP Template for Bus Transit (https://bit.ly/33zpKZG)
2. PTASP Template for Bus Transit Reference Tool (https://bit.ly/2K1POoH)
3. PTASP Checklist for Bus Transit (https://bit.ly/34Nb5dH)
For rail agencies:
1. Transition Roadmap Guidance on Using SSPPs to Develop PTASPs (https://bit.ly/2rsWLIX)
2. RTA and SSOA PTASP Review Checklist (https://bit.ly/2p0RI1v)
3. Comparison of Definitions Part 673 Versus Part 659 (https://bit.ly/33uXuYj)
Please check back regularly here and on FTA PTASP-TAC Resource Library (https://www.transit.dot.gov/PTASP-TAC) as FTA continues to publish additional guidance in advance of the July 20, 2020 deadline.
FTA encourages transit agencies and State Departments of Transportation to use this forum to share ASPs or elements of their plans with other members of the transit community once they are developed. Also, you can request a review of your ASP by FTA’s PTASP-TAC review team by contacting us at PTASP-TAC@dot.gov.
Vaeluagaoaanamatuamasaga Pisi Iosia commented
Requesting a copy of a sample of an Agency Safety Plan for ideas please. I am looking into drafting one and need guidance on this.
Thank you so much