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The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority's (MARTA) board and Georgia Department of Transportation earlier this week approved a new safety plan for the agency.
The plan calls for a collaborative approach to managing safety to better control risk, quickly detect and correct safety issues, and more precisely measure safety performance, MARTA officials said in a press release.
“It corrects procedural flaws in the old plan and establishes systemwide procedures that are scalable and flexible, resulting in a safer transit system,” said MARTA General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Parker.
The safety plan is based on safety management systems principles, which the Federal Transit Administration requires transit agencies to incorporate into safety plans. The principles call for identifying hazards, mitigating risks and involving employees in reporting safety issues.
As part of the plan, MARTA implemented its Safety 1st Program and Safety Hotline that allows employees to anonymously report safety hazards. The plan also features a new anti-retaliation policy for employees who report non-compliance of the safety plan.