Safety & Security2018-12-07T13:06:02-04:00

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
​FRA Safety Advisory: Addressing Electrode-Induced Rail Pitting From Pressure Electric Welding​ ​FRA–2017–0074 ​N/A ​N/A ​N/A
NTSB: Draft FY 2018-2022 Strategic Plan; Request for Comments

NTSB: Draft FY 2018-2022 Strategic Plan​

​N/A ​11/27/18 ​11/30/17 ​Final Comments 
​Security Training for Surface Transportation Employees:NPRM​ ​TSA-2015-0001 ​3/9/17 ​3/16/17 Final Comments

Extension Request

​Procedures for Transportation Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs: Addition of Certain Schedule II Drugs to the Department of Transportation’s Drug-Testing Panel and Certain Minor Amendments: NPRM​ ​DOT-OST-2016-0189 ​3/17/17 ​3/24/17 Final Rule 11/10/17​
​Passenger Equipment Safety Standards; Standards for Alternative Compliance and High-Speed Trainsets​ ​FRA–2013–0060 ​1/30/17 ​3/21/17 Additional Comments

​Final Comments

Extension Request

Comment Period Extended​
​​Surface Transportation Vulnerability Assessments and Security Plans: ANPRM ​​TSA–2016–0002​ ​2/1/17 ​2/14/17 ​Final Comments
FRA Notice: ​Mitigation and Investigation of Passenger Rail Human Factor Related Accidents and Operations in Terminals and Stations With Stub End Tracks​ ​FRA Safety Advisory 2016–03 ​N/A ​N/A ​N/A
Interim final rule: ​Implementation of the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act for a Violation of a Federal Railroad Safety Law or Federal Railroad Administration Safety Regulation or Order​ ​FRA-2016-0021 ​N/A ​N/A ​N/A
FTA Notice: ​Request for Transit Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS) Nominations​ 

​N/A N/A​ ​N/A ​N/A
Movement of Roadway Maintenance Machines Over Highway-Rail Grade Crossings ​

​FRA Safety Advisory No. 2016-01 ​N/A ​N/A ​N/A
FTA: ​Compendium of Public Transportation Safety Standards; Request for Comments​

​FTA-2016-002 ​6/10/16 ​6/16/16 ​Extention of Comment Period Request 6/15/16​
​FTA Safety Advisory 16-2: Third Rail Data Collection​ ​FTA Safety Advisory 16-2 ​N/A ​N/A
Safety Advisory 16-1:  Notice of Safety Advisory

FTA: ​Stop Signal Overruns in 2015​

FTA Safety Advisory 16-1 ​N/A ​N/A
Positive Train Control Systems:Final Rule​ ​FRA-2016-0012 ​N/A N/A
​Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan: NPRM ​FTA-2015-0021 ​3/29/16 ​4/5/16 Final Comments 4/5/16

​Notice of Availability of Proposed National Public Transportation Safety Plan​

Draft Plan in Word Format

​FTA–2015–0017 ​3/29/16 ​4/5/16 Final Comments 4/5/16​​ National Public Transportation Safety Plan 

Fact Sheet


Resouces Documents​

​Best Practices for Designing Vision Field Tests for Locomotive Engineers or Conductors​ ​FRA-2015-0123 ​N/A ​1/25/16 ​N/A
​Public Transportation Safety Certification Training Program: NPRM​ ​FTA-2015-0014 ​1/25/16 ​2/1/16 Final Comments 2/1/16
​Locomotive Alerters Resetting Without Direct Engineer Action​ ​Safety Advisory 2015-06 ​N/A N/A​ ​N/A
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​ ​Final Rule 8/11/16​
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​​ Final Rule 8/1/16​
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​ Final Rule 3/16/16​
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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