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 Safety & Security

Regulatory documents related to various aspects of federal transit safety and security programs and requirements.


Topic DOT Docket Number Comments Due to APTA Comments Due to FTA APTA Comments Result
Information and Guidance on the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Emergency Window Exits on Railroad Passenger Cars​ ​FRA Notice ​N/A ​N/A ​N/A
Addressing Rail Head Surface Conditions Identified During the Internal Rail Inspection Process ​Safety Advisory No. 2015-05 ​N/A ​N/A ​N/A​
Ballast Defects and Conditions: Importance of Identification and Repair in Preventing Development of Unsafe Combinations of Track Conditions​ FRA Safety Advisory 2015–04 ​N/A ​N/A ​N/A
FTA: Public Transportation Safety Program: ​NPRM ​FTA-2015-0009 ​10/8/15 ​10/13/15 Final Comments 10/13/15​
FTA: Notice: Request for Transit Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS) Nominations​ ​N/A ​N/A ​N/A ​N/A
Medical Review Board (MRB) Meeting-Public Meeting: Announcement​ FMCSA-2006-26367​ ​N/A ​N/A ​N/A
Bus Testing: Establishment of Performance Standards, a Bus Model Scoring System, a Pass/Fail Standard and other Program Updates: NPRM ​FTA–2015–0019- ​8/17/15 ​8/24/15 Final Comments 8/24/15​​
Risk Reduction Program: NPRM FRA-2009-0038 4/22/15 4/28/15 Final Comments 4/28/15

Notice of comment period reopening
State Safety Oversight: NPRM FTA-2015-0003 4/22/15 4/28/15 Final Comments 4/28/15​
Roadway Worker Authority Limits—Importance of Clear Communication,
Compliance With Applicable Rules and Procedures, and Ensuring That
Appropriate Safety Redundancies Are in Place in the Event of Miscommunication or Error
FRA-Safety Advisory 2014-02 N/A N/A N/A Correction 12/1/14
Training-Qualification and Oversight for Safety-Related Railroad Employees FRA–2009–0033 N/A N/A Petition for Reconsideration Submitted by APTA, American Short Line and Regional Railroad Assoc., and National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Assoc.​
Final Rule 11/7/14

Cover Letter for FRA Response to Petition of Reconsideration

FRA Response
Positive Train Control Systems (RRR)-Final Rule FRA–2011–0061 N/A N/A N/A Final Rule 8/22/14
Signal Systems Reporting Requirements FRA–2012–0104 Final Rule
Verification of Rail Vehicle Safe Stopping Distances in Terminal Stations Safety Advisory 14–2
FRA Office of Railroad Safety: Collaborative Incident Analysis and Human Performance Handbook May 2014 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Interim Safety Certification Training Program Provisions FTA–2014–0012 6/23/14 6/30/14 Final Comments 6/30/14 Notice of Final Interim Safety Certification Training Program Provisions
Track Safety Standards; Improving Rail Integrity FRA-2011-0058

Final Rule 1/24/14

Final Rule Correction 1/29/14


Railroad Workplace Safety; Adjacent-Track On-Track Safety for Roadway Workers FRA–2008–0059 N/A N/A N/A

Final Rule Response to Petitions

Right-of-Way Worker Protection FTA Safety Advisory 14–1 N/A N/A N/A
Operational Tests and Inspections for
Compliance With Maximum Authorized
Train Speeds and Other Speed
FRA Safety Advisory 2013–08 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety
Standards; Occupant Crash Protection
Docket No. NHTSA–2013–0121 N/A N/A N/A Final Rule
Amendments to Implement Certain Provisions of MAP-21 - Final Rule


NTSB Safety Recommendation # R-14-03 N/A N/A N/A None

The National Public Transportation Safety Plan, the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan, and the Public Transportation Safety Certification Training Program; Transit Asset Management. (ANPRM)




FTA-2013-0030 12/25/13 1/2/14

Supplemental Information:

Creating a Transit Asset Management Program.

Defining a Transit Asset Management Framework to Achieve a SGR.

Capital Asset Inventory and Condition Assessment.

FTA Presentation on Transit Asset Management

FTA Asset Management Guide

Proposed Competencies for Safety Certification Training Program


APTA ANPRM Extension Request


Final Comments 1/2/14 

Security Training Programs for Surface Mode Employees TSA-2013-0005 7/12/13 7/15/13

Final Comments  7/15/2013

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