Safety & Security Oversight

Phase I of the project will conduct a ‘best-practices’ survey of national Safety & Security Oversight (SSO) policies and programs, and identify those models appropriate for Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) consideration for its reconstituted State Safety Oversight Agency (SSOA) program. The project will collect data and pertinent input from Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Illinois Public Transportation Association (IPTA), American Public Transportation Association (APTA), transit trade associations, transportation “think-tanks”, and “transportation centers of excellence” to determine rail transit best policies and practices for safety, security, risk management, staffing and training administration that may exist within state agencies managing their SSO. Based on survey data, research, and anecdotal records, develop recommendations for IDOT to incorporate such best policies and practices, inclusive of Safety Management Systems (SMS) principals in its newly structured SSOA program function. Phase II of the project will prepare and recommend specific policies, procedures, operations, and actions, inclusive of safety and security training program requirements required by IDOT’s SSOA officer to ensure compliance with FTA’s Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) Safety and Security Oversight final rule-making. Phase III of the project will: (1) provide comment recommendations for FTA proposed rule rule-making to ensure that such proposed rules arc fully implementable at IDOT; (2) provide technical assistance to ensure IDOT compliance with FTA rules and submittal deadlines; (3) draft joint oversight entity agreement(s) where applicable to accommodate multi-state transit systems, where required; Identify and recommend implementable technology solutions for transit system safety (including state of good repair, corrective action plan monitoring and enforcement); FTA comprehensive training requirements, certification compliance; capital program project review; risk management assessment and remediation measures; and (4) provide technology support, as required to track personnel training requirements, labor management collaborations, and SMS implementation process.


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  • Status: Active
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    National Center for Transit Research

    University of South Florida
    4202 East Fowler Avenue, CUT 100
    Tampa, FL  United States  33620
  • Project Managers:

    Volinski, Joel

  • Principal Investigators:

    Sriraj, P

  • Start Date: 20130701
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01616417
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Transit Research
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC22, 79060-2-C
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 17 2016 9:56AM