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Public Transportation Agency Safety Plans

  • PTASP Technical Assistance Center

    PTASP Technical Assistance Center

    FTA is focused on helping transit agencies & states meet a July 20, 2020 compliance deadline through peer exchange, tailored resources.
  • PTASP One Year to Compliance Letter

    PTASP One Year to Compliance Letter

    On July 19, 2019, FTA published a Dear Colleague letter to alert the transit industry of an important upcoming safety deadline.
  • PTASP Introduction Video

    A New Era of Safety (video)

    This two-minute video highlights the PTASP rule and how two transit agencies are implementing it
  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Frequently Asked Questions

    FTA developed answers to both basic and more sophisticated questions about the PTASP rule. Check here to see if your question has already been answered.
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On July 19, 2018, FTA published the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (PTASP) Final Rule, which requires certain operators of public transportation systems that receive federal funds under FTA's Urbanized Area Formula Grants to develop safety plans that include the processes and procedures to implement Safety Management Systems (SMS).  

  • The PTASP rule became effective on July 19, 2019.
  • FTA published a Dear Colleague letter on July 19, 2019

The plan must include safety performance targets. Find additional guidance on planning and target setting on FTA's Performance-Based Planning pages. Transit operators also must certify they have a safety plan in place meeting the requirements of the rule. The plan must be updated and certified by the transit agency 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).

The rule does not apply to agencies that are subject to the safety jurisdiction of another federal agency, including passenger ferry operators regulated by the U.S. Coast Guard and rail operators regulated by the Federal Railroad Administration.


Please direct all questions to FTA’s dedicated e-mail address for the PTASP rule and SMS

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