State Safety Oversight Compliance

The objective of this project is to support the FTA State Safety Oversight Rule (49 CFR Part 659), requiring oversight of all rail transit agencies in revenue operation after January l, 1997, and state oversight of rail transit systems within their jurisdiction to develop System Safety Program Plans. Federal statute requires the FTA to assess State Safety Oversight (SSO) Agencies. Oversight agencies require Rail Fixed Guideway Systems to develop and implement System Safety and Security Program Plans that conform to their System Safety and Security Program Standard (SSSPS). This project provides ongoing support for implementation of 49 CFR Part 659, State Safety Oversight for Rail Fixed Guideway Systems, including documentation of activities performed by rail transit agencies to address safety and security issues. The project also provides for the refinement of the current audit process; continuation of field audits; documentation and technical information dissemination; and database development to track compliance and analysis activities. Under this activity, FTA provides outreach efforts to the states through the SSO Annual Meeting, an Annual Report, and training through the Transportation Safety Institute.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $1100000.00
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Field, Roy

  • Performing Organizations:

    Volpe National Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142
  • Principal Investigators:

    Harrison, James

  • Start Date: 20021000
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20030900
  • Source Data: RiP Project 8421

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01459101
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Federal Transit Administration
  • Contract Numbers: MA-90-5011
  • Files: RIP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 12:56PM