APTA provides a wide range of programs and initiatives that serve to promote safety throughout the public transportation industry and to APTA’s members. These include APTA Safety Management Programs, Safety Standards, Safety Audits and Peer Reviews.  Further, APTA provides other safety-related resources to members including: sessions at the APTA Mobility, Rail and Annual Meeting conferences; Monthly Safety Spotlight webinars; outreach to Federal partners regarding rules, regulations and guidance; and a yearly Mid-year Safety Seminar. Additionally, members gain extensive knowledge through the collaboration sites of our safety committees and forums.


Safety Committees

  • Bus Safety Committee
  • Commuter Rail Safety & Security Subcommittee
  • Rail Safety Committee

Note: Committees are for APTA members only.  If interested in joining a safety committee, please use APTA’s “Join a Committee” page.

Current Issues

  • Expansion of Federal Regulations for the Federal Transit Administration and the Federal Railroad Administration under MAP-21 and the FAST Act
  • Implementation of a Safety Management System (SMS)
  • Expanded use of technology within transit
  • Implementing a transit safety culture
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