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State Safety Oversight (SSO) Program

Safety officers attend demonstration at Maryland Transit Administration in BaltimoreThe purpose of the State Safety Oversight program is to oversee safety at rail transit systems. The SSO program is administered by eligible states with rail transit systems in their jurisdiction. FTA provides federal funds through the SSO Formula Grant Program for eligible states to develop or carry out their SSO programs. Under 49 U.S.C. Section 5329(e), as amended by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), FTA is required to certify each state’s program to ensure compliance with MAP-21. Review the list of SSO agencies.

SSO Certification

Two-Hour Accident Notification Guide

State Safety Oversight (SSO) Final Rule


Webinar: Guide to Meeting Technical Training Plan Requirements for SSO Agencies (June 10, 2015)

SSO Formula Grant Program

Advisories and Technical Assistance

Updated: Friday, May 11, 2018
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