The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced it is seeking the input of transit industry personnel, researchers, contractors, government entities, transit users, and other interested parties to make American transit safer for millions of frontline staff, according to the company’s press release.
FTA has announced a Request for Information (RFI) soliciting public input on potential transit worker safety mitigations. This includes potential minimum safety standards for Roadway Worker Protection programs and operator assault prevention.
“Safety is paramount in the transit industry, and the Biden-Harris administration is committed to ensuring we are doing everything we can to ensure approaches for the workers who make our transit systems possible,” said Nuria Fernandez. FTA administrator.
This is part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to help ensure the safety of American workers.
FTA established an internal Safety Risk Management (SRM) process in 2019 to identify, assess, mitigate, and monitor safety concerns affecting the transit industry. The SRM process helps FTA identify effective and appropriate risk mitigations, such as technical assistance or regulatory responses to support transit agencies in cultivating safer environments for their workers and riders.
The RFI closes on Nov. 23.