Security and Safety

Washington D.C. meets State Safety Oversight Program deadline

Posted on February 23, 2018

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) reported that the District of Columbia has obtained federal certification for its rail transit State Safety Oversight (SSO) Program. Under the District’s SSO Program, the D.C. Fire and Emergency Management Services is responsible for providing safety oversight of the D.C. Streetcar system.

“The District of Columbia is among the first in the nation to achieve SSO Program certification to strengthen rail transit passenger and worker safety,” said FTA Deputy Administrator K. Jane Williams. “FTA is doing all we can to help states certify their safety oversight programs so transit agencies can continue to receive federal funding for the safe movement of millions of people every day.”

There are 30 states with rail transit systems that must obtain certification of their SSO Programs by the April 15, 2019 deadline. If a state fails to meet the deadline, the FTA is prohibited by law from awarding any new federal transit funds to transit agencies within the state until certification is achieved. A certification status table by state is available online. Currently, five states still require state legislative or executive action prior to FTA certification, including Illinois, Michigan, New York, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. By federal law, the deadline cannot be waived or extended.

Separately, the District of Columbia, together with Virginia and Maryland, are expected to jointly submit to the FTA an SSO Program certification application for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Metrorail system, which will be overseen by the Metrorail Safety Commission. FTA continues to work closely with the jurisdictions as they work to achieve SSO Program certification and the resumption of state safety oversight of Metrorail.

To achieve FTA certification, an SSO Program must meet several federal statutory requirements, including establishing an SSO agency that is financially and legally independent from the rail transit agencies it oversees. In addition, a state must ensure that its SSO agency adopts and enforces relevant federal and state safety laws, has investigatory authority, and has appropriate financial and human resources for the number, size, and complexity of the rail transit systems within the state’s jurisdiction. Furthermore, SSO agency personnel responsible for performing safety oversight activities must be appropriately trained.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Mass., Hawaii attain FTA State Safety Oversight certification

There are 30 states that must obtain FTA certification of their SSO Programs by April 15, 2019. Four states have already met the deadline: Ohio, Minnesota, Utah, and the District of Columbia.

Paris transport launches 'shock' ads to fight sexual harassment

According to surveys, some 87% of female users of public transport say they have been the victim of sexist or sexual harassment.

DART staff join effort to communicate new security initiatives to riders

The agency is adding security officers and new cameras on platforms, buses, and trains.

Calif. police driving decoy bus to catch tech shuttle shooter

CHP officials believed the suspect has been shooting a BB gun from another vehicle, which has resulted in damaged windows and dented exteriors.

JTA, ELERTS team to launch mobile safety app

JTA See & Say makes it easy for individuals to communicate threats, safety, and security concerns in real-time.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment


Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close