FTA Seeking Ways to Improve Safety for Transit Workers

The Federal Transit Administration is seeking the input of transit industry personnel, researchers, contractors, government entities, transit users, and other interested parties to make the nation’s transit systems safer for transit workers.

[Above photo by the MBTA]

The FTA issued a Request for Information or RFI in the federal register to solicit public input on potential safety improvements for transit workers, including potential minimum safety standards for Roadway Worker Protection programs and operator assault prevention.

Comments for this RFI are due by November 23.

This latest safety-focused RFI follows a similar federal register notice issued by the agency in July that sought input on helping identify, assess, and mitigate “high-priority safety concerns” among both transit riders and transit agencies.

Nuria Fernandez at podium. Photo by the FTA.

FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez noted in a statement that the agency expanded its safety oversight capabilities in 2019, when it established an internal Safety Risk Management or SRM process to identify, assess, mitigate, and monitor safety concerns affecting the transit industry.

The SRM process helps FTA determine 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, she said.

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