Roadway Worker Protection Program Requirements


This Standard provides minimum program requirements for roadway worker protection (RWP). Such programs are designed to protect all roadway workers, whether directly employed by the RTS or a contractor, conducting work on or near rail transit system (RTS) rights-of-way. Programs require adherence to
clear rules and procedures, appropriate training, certification and retraining, as well as regular monitoring of right-of-way safety compliance. It is designed to incorporate all of these elements and introduce a consistent approach throughout the rail transit industry.

Document History
Document Number Version Publication Date Publication Related Information
APTA RT-OP-S-016-11 Rev. 1 10/06/2016 Published Current


flagging, right-of-way, right-of-way safety, roadway worker protection, track safety, work zone, work zone safety, wayside work


Operating rules are created to promote safe, efficient, timely and customer-oriented transit operations. Adherence to these operating rules is necessary to achieve these objectives. The objective of an RWP program is to create conditions in which workers may perform duties on or near the right-of-way with
consistent and strong programs in place to ensure worker safety. A comprehensive RWP program includes rules and procedures for employee actions, formalized supervision and control actions, administration of training programs and effective use of technology by the RTS. This Standard incorporates provisions included in Standard RT-OP-S-010-03 “Standard for Contractor’s Responsibility for Right of Way Safety” and Standard RT-OP-S-004-03 “Standard for Work Zone Safety.”

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