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More than 700 U.S. transit agencies now have certified safety plans in place to help keep riders and employees safer on their systems, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced yesterday.
An FTA rule issued in 2018 mandated that the safety plans needed to be completed and certified by July 20.
The rule requires all agencies that receive the FTA’s urbanized area formula grants to set safety performance targets in a safety plan that is reviewed and certified every year. Any agency that failed to file a compliant plan by the deadline would have been ineligible for further FTA grants.
The plans must include safety management system principles and practices that allow management and labor to work together to address risks and analyze data to better protect workers, operators and riders, FTA officials said in a news release.
Since no two transit systems are alike, no two safety plans are alike, resulting in more than 700 different plans across the country, they said.
“Safety is our top priority, and we are pleased that transit agencies have met this important requirement to develop and implement safety plans to help ensure that public transportation systems are safe nationwide,” said FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez.