Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (PTASP)
On July 19, 2019 the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (PTASP) Final Rule became effective, which requires certain operators of public transportation systems that receive federal funds to develop safety plans that include the processes and procedures to implement Safety Management Systems (SMS). The plans must also include safety performance targets. Transit operators must certify they have safety plans in place meeting the requirements of the rule by July 21, 2021, and the plans must be updated and certified by the transit agencies annually.
The rule applies to all operators of public transportation systems that are recipients and sub-recipients of federal financial assistance under the Urbanized Area Formula Program (49 U.S.C. § 5307). However, FTA is deferring applicability of this requirement for operators that only receive funds through FTA’s Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Formula Program (Section 5310) and/or Rural Area Formula Program (Section 5311).
FTA’s PTASP Technical Assistance Center has in-depth resources for transit providers and offers review of agency safety plans to assist in the process.