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. 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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  2. 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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  4. Compliance Monitoring

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

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  5. 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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  6. Compliance Monitoring

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

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  7. Compliance Monitoring

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

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  8. 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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  9. Management of Change

    How does your agency document changes to your service operations?

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  10. Continuous Improvement

    What methods will you use to assess your safety performance and the effectiveness of your SMS?

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  11. Management of Change

    What criteria do you use to determine whether identified changes need to be evaluated through your safety risk management process?

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  12. Management of change

    Who in your agency (or what department) is involved in deciding whether a planned change needs to be assessed for safety risk?

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  13. Safety Promotion

    What methods of communication does your agency use to announce safety concerns?

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  14. ASP Development Progress and COVID-19

    Has the COVID-19 public health emergency affected the contents of your Agency Safety Plan, and if so, how?

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  15. 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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  16. Bus Contractor's Existing SSPP?

    Question: Our agency contracts our bus and paratransit service operations and maintenance to a contractor, and that contractor has an existing System Safety Program Plan (SSPP). Since our agency is the recipient of the FTA funds (not the contractor), can the contractor keep their existing SSPP, and can our new ASP cite/reference sections of the contractor's SSPP?

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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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  18. Agency Contractors

    Question - Does the number of vehicles that a contractor uses to provide service affect the number of vehicles in service during peak hours and determine whether you are considered a small or large provider? Should the contractor vehicles be counted with the vehicles that your agency directly operates?

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  19. Sub-contractors in ASP?

    If fixed route and paratransit is provided by a contracted entity, does ASP also need to address sub-contracted companies such as security, janitorial, visiting personnel, etc. If so, do they need a separate section in the ASP?

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  20. Describing the Modes of Transit

    Should NTD terms be used to describe the Modes of Service in the following sections: Safety Performance Targets ; Transit Agency Information? Or is Paratransit and Fixed Bus acceptable like in the sample plan? Might be simple to many but I need clarification, help?

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