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. Safety Performance Monitoring and Measurement

    How does your agency know that your safety risk mitigations are working as intended?

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  2. 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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  3. Agency Safety Plan Review

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

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  5. What system reliability performance measures are required for rail transit agencies?

    The National Public Transportation Safety Plan only mentions vehicles when describing the system reliability performance measure. Are transit agencies only required to include vehicle reliability in their system reliability performance measure?

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  6. Monitoring Safety Risk Mitigations

    How will your agency monitor safety risk mitigations?

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  8. Hazard Identification

    Which activities and tools are you using for hazard identification? Who at your agency is responsible for this safety risk management step?

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  9. 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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  10. Key Staff SMS Roles and Responsibilities

    What SMS roles and responsibilities are you assigning to key staff in your ASP?

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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. I am interested in knowing what data systems are being used at transit agencies to track and risk rank incidents and accidents?

    The PTASP requires assessing risks and having good data our existing systems could be improved. Would like to know what solutions others are using. considik@trimet.org

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  14. What happens if we send 2-hour notifications to FTA in excess of the requirements?

    Our SSOA requires 2-hour notification for incidents as well as accidents. This requires our Train Dispatchers to determine who to notify depending on what happened and increases the possibility that erroneous 2-hour notifications will be sent to FTA. Will FTA simply ignore notification that don't meet a threshold or will there be other consequences?

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  18. 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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  19. System Reliability

    If you are a small public transportation provider that does not report mechanical failures to the NTD (Reduced Reporter), what data sources are you using to set your system reliability target?

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