REMINDER: FTA Seeks Public Comment on State Safety Oversight Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Published on: January 28, 2024

On November 15, 2023, FTA published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register proposing updates to State Safety Oversight (SSO) regulation requirements. The proposed changes included ensuring that State Safety Oversight Agencies (SSOAs) have the authority to enter rail transit facilities without prior notice to perform safety inspections; requiring SSOAs to collect safety data from the rail transit systems they oversee; and developing and implementing risk-based inspection programs.

In addition, the NPRM also proposes updates and clarifications to the current regulation including simplified requirements for the types of safety events that rail transit agencies must report to their SSOA and FTA within two hours of their occurrence.

The public comment period for the SSO NPRM has been extended until February 15, 2024.

FTA hosted a webinar on November 30, 2023 on the proposed changes to the SSO regulation requirements. The webinar recording and presentation are now available.

Federal Register Notice: SSO NPRM
Webinar Recording
Webinar Presentation
SSO Final Rule (published in 2016)
SSO Program Website

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