On Friday, February 5, 2016, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) published a proposed rule for Public Transportation Agency Safety Plans (PDF) in the Federal Register. In addition, FTA released a guidance document on the National Public Transportation Safety Plan (PDF). Both plans are requirements enacted in both the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century and Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Acts (known as MAP-21 and the Fast Act). With tiered requirements based on agency size and operating characteristics, the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan proposed rule outlines the Safety Management Systems approach agencies would be required to follow, setting performance targets in line with criteria in the National Public Transportation Safety Plan. Transit agencies would have to share their performance targets with area metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs). Smaller agencies plans’ can be developed by their state. The comment period for both the proposed agency plan rule and the National Public Transportation Safety Plan guidance closes on April 5. Comments on each document must be submitted separately; instructions are included in the links above.
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