Washington, D.C. — The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) today applauded the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the 31 affected states and entities for achieving certification of its rail transit State Safety Oversight (SSO) Program, in advance of the April 15, 2019, deadline.
Today, FTA announced that the final SSO program to be certified is the Washington Metropolitan Safety Commission, the interstate compact among the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia that serves as the State Safety Oversight Agency for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s Metrorail system.
With this announcement, all 31 programs in 30 states and the District of Columbia are now certified and eligible to receive federal transit funds from FTA.
“Rail transit systems across the country serve millions of people every day, with safety as their number-one priority,” said APTA President and CEO Paul P. Skoutelas. “APTA and the rail operators are proud of this latest milestone to enhance rail service, which is already one of the safest ways to travel. In fact, traveling by public transportation is 10 times safer than traveling by car.”
Throughout the process, APTA worked diligently, sponsoring workshops and providing technical assistance, to help states develop and augment their SSO programs.
For more information on the SSO Program, go to https://www.transit.dot.gov/regulations-and-guidance/safety/transit-safety-oversight-tso.