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    In guidance found on page 39 of the National Public Transportation Safety Plan (NSP), FTA explains that safety performance measure "data includes safety events (reportable derailments, collisions, fires, and evacuations), fatalities (not including suicides or trespassers), and injuries (not including assaults or injuries due to crimes).”
    See https://www.transit.dot.gov/regulations-and-guidance/safety/national-public-transportation-safety-plan. Notwithstanding this guidance, transit agencies may define additional safety performance measures and targets in their ASP to address specific areas of safety risk at their agency, including those related to suicides and trespassers.

    FTA published a proposed NSP for a two-month public comment period from February 5, 2016 to April 6, 2016. FTA did not receive comments on this specific topic. Future updates of the NSP also will be subject to notice and comment.

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    The National Public Transportation Safety Plan (NSP) (https://www.transit.dot.gov/regulations-and-guidance/safety/national-public-transportation-safety-plan) defines four safety performance measures that transit agencies will use to set safety performance targets, which include fatalities, injuries, and safety events. FTA uses the definitions established by the National Transit Database (NTD) (https://www.transit.dot.gov/ntd/national-transit-database-ntd-glossary) program to support these measures and the development of safety performance targets.

    For purposes of the fatalities safety performance measure, FTA uses the NTD definition of fatality (death confirmed within 30 days) and excludes trespassing and suicide-related fatalities. This means that an agency may have to report a trespassing fatality to NTD, but it would exclude that trespassing fatality from its fatalities performance measure.

    For purposes of the injuries safety performance measure, FTA uses the NTD definition of injury (harm to a person requiring immediate medical attention away from the scene) and excludes injuries resulting from assaults and other crimes. This means that an agency may have to report a crime-related injury to the NTD, but it would exclude that injury from its injuries performance measure.

    For purposes of the safety events performance measure, FTA uses all safety events meeting an NTD major event threshold. In other words, for this measure, FTA includes only major safety events and excludes major security events (both of which are reported to the NTD). This means that an agency may have to report a major security event to the NTD, but it would exclude that security event from its safety events performance measure.

    FTA understands the need for additional clarity surrounding these points and plans to update the NSP published in 2017 with a revised version that includes this clarification.

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    Yes, a recipient’s ASP may cite or reference sections of its contracted service provider’s System Safety Program Plan (SSPP) as they apply to the agency’s processes for Safety Risk Management, Safety Assurance, or Safety Promotion and satisfy PTASP regulation requirements.

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    FTA has issued a Notice of Enforcement Discretion (https://bit.ly/35huDs9) effectively extending the PTASP compliance deadline from July 20, 2020 to December 31, 2020. FTA will refrain from taking any enforcement actions against FTA recipients and subrecipients that are unable to certify that they have established a compliant Agency Safety Plan (ASP) until January 1, 2021. FTA expects affected recipients and subrecipients to continue to work toward meeting the July 20, 2020 effective date to the extent practical under the current circumstances caused by the COVID-19 public health emergency. During this period, the PTASP Technical Assistance Center (https://bit.ly/2zFe1P3) will remain available to meet the PTASP technical assistance needs of States and transit agencies.

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    Please submit all general questions related to the COVID-19 Emergency to FTAresponse@dot.gov. Requests for temporary relief from PTASP and other FTA requirements during this National Emergency should be submitted to the FTA’s 2020 Emergency Relief Docket (https://bit.ly/349RXYl).

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    Yes, FTA uses your agency’s number of Vehicles Operated in Annual Maximum Service (VOMS) to determine if your agency qualifies as a small public transportation provider. This includes both contracted and directly operated service.

    Per the National Transit Database, VOMS is the number of revenue vehicles an agency and its contracted service providers operate to meet the annual maximum service requirement for any transit mode. For non-fixed-route modes, such as Demand Response and Vanpool, this is the largest number of vehicles in revenue service at any one time during the reporting year. Both contractor-owned vehicles and agency-owned vehicles are included when calculating VOMS.

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    An Agency Safety Plan (ASP) does not need to address such services as security or janitorial that are contracted/subcontracted by a recipient/subrecipient. An ASP must address the contracted services related to operations (e.g., rail, fixed-route, demand response, or paratransit services) and vehicle and infrastructure maintenance.

    FTA’s April 24, 2019, Contractors and Other External Service Providers Webinar Presentation (https://bit.ly/2XvhcTF) and Webinar Recording (https://bit.ly/39Qzlha) provide information about how the PTASP regulation affects transit agencies that use contractors. The Key Points for Developing Agency Safety Plans for Recipients with Contractors and Other External Service Providers Fact Sheet (https://bit.ly/2yKJ77B) on the PTASP-TAC website is another resource for recipients with contractors.

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    The PTASP regulation does not prescribe how you categorize your modes within your ASP or for establishing safety performance targets. FTA defers to your transit agency on categorizing its modes to best suit its needs. You may find FTA’s Safety Performance Targets Guide (https://bit.ly/2JLDYyf) useful. It includes examples that use broad modal categories, such as “rail transit,” “bus transit,” and “ADA/Paratransit.”

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    A Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is the policy board of an organization created and designated to carry out the metropolitan transportation planning process. MPOs are required to represent localities in all urbanized areas (UZAs) with populations over 50,000. The MPO for your area is the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP). You can learn more about the CMAP on its website at https://bit.ly/39D4mVA. The Illinois Department of Transportation provides a list of all the MPOs in Illinois on its website at https://bit.ly/2wTncdQ.

    The US Department of Transportation hosts a searchable MPO database (https://bit.ly/3dOdDgL) on its Transportation Planning Capacity Building webpage.

    Please see FTA’s MPO website for more information: https://bit.ly/39y5Y34.

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