Roadway Worker Protection Program Requirements


This standard provides minimum program requirements for roadway worker protection (RWP). Such programs require adherence to clear rules and procedures, appropriate training, certification, and retraining, as well as regular monitoring of right-of-way safety compliance. This document is designed to incorporate all 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. 2 08/16/2023 Published Current
APTA RT-OP-S-016-11 Rev. 1 10/06/2016 Published Superseded


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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 rail transit agency. This standard incorporates and/or references provisions included in other APTA standards (see “Related APTA standards”).

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