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Transit Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS)

The Transit Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS) provides information, advice, and recommendations on transit safety and other issues as determined by the Secretary of Transportation and the FTA Administrator. TRACS is comprised of a diverse panel of professionals representing a variety of stakeholders and interests to cooperatively address transit safety and other issues by recommending solutions based on agreed upon facts. 

  • Subscribe to TRACS news through email updates; select "Safety & Oversight/Transit Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS)" 

We are pleased to announce the TRACS Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson:

  • Committee Chairperson: Scott A. Sauer, Assistant General Manager for Operations at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA)
  • Committee Vice-Chairperson: Pamela M. Fischhaber, Ph.D., P.E., WSO-CSS, Deputy Director for Public Safety and Chief of the Rail/Transit Safety Section for the Colorado Public Utilities Commission

Scott and Pamela will serve in these positions effective immediately, and subject to final approval by the Department Secretary. We extend our appreciation to these individuals for their commitment to serve. 


Nationwide, public transportation is one of the safest modes of transportation, with more than 2.5 million people boarding transit vehicles in the United States each day. Transit agencies have fewer fatalities and injuries than does any other mode of transportation. Following a period in the early 2000s, the safety record of the transit industry started to deteriorate. TRACS was one of many initiatives FTA implemented to improve transit safety. In November 2009, the Transportation Secretary authorized the establishment of TRACS.

TRACS provides advice and recommendations to the FTA Administrator regarding transit safety issues. TRACS does not make determinations of fact or policy.  The level of expertise and balanced viewpoints of the committee enables early identification of potential problem areas and accelerated corrective actions, thereby creating greater safety and public confidence in the nation's public transportation systems.

The FTA Administrator, on behalf of the Secretary of Transportation, will name an Executive Director for the committee who will also serve as the designated federal official responsible for ensuring compliance with the requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

TRACS Meetings

February 25-26, 2020 TRACS Full Committee Meeting

National Highway Institute (NHI) - Maryland Room 
1310 North Courthouse Road, Arlington, VA 22201
Tuesday, February 25: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday, February 26: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Day 1: February 25, 2020
Adobe Connect link:
Conference Call Number: 1.888.636.3807
Access Code: 8309434

Day 2: February 26, 2020
Adobe Connect link:
Conference Call Number: 1.872.240.3412
Access Code: 725882765

Meeting Materials

September 9-10, 2019 TRACS Full Committee Meeting

Meeting Materials

March 26-27, 2019 TRACS Full Committee Meeting

Meeting Materials

Notices and Participation

TRACS will meet as a full committee at least twice a year; committee meetings will be announced in the Federal Register 15 days prior and are open to the public. Notice shall include the agenda, date, time, location, and purpose of the meeting.

Anyone wishing to formally address TRACS or submit materials for review during the meeting must notify the FTA by the dates indicated in the Federal Register notice that announces the meeting.  Materials to be reviewed at the committee’s convenience may be submitted at any time to the FTA.


Updated: Tuesday, February 25, 2020
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