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. Template

    This seems like an obvious question but I've looked and can't seem to find the answer. Is there a template that is able to be filled out via my computer? As in, not printed and then written in?

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  2. What is the definition of a close call?

    What is the definition of a close call for a bus-only system?

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  3. 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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  4. Agency Safety Plan Review

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

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  11. New TAC Resources Available

    FTA has added five new resources to the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (PTASP) Resource Library (https://bit.ly/2EQI0pY) to assist transit agencies in developing their Agency Safety Plans:
    1. The Safety Performance Targets Fact Sheet (https://bit.ly/3bj0LhZ) contains guidance on how to determine Safety Performance Targets (SPTs).
    2. Certifying Compliance with the PTASP Regulation (https://bit.ly/3gJk0SU) discusses what certification means and who must certify, and reviews the who, when, and how of certifying compliance with the PTASP regulation.
    3. The Certification Fact Sheet (https://bit.ly/2YTxeqf) explains who must certify and the certification process in the Transit…

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