Monday, September 13, 2010

FTA Gets Ready to Play a Larger Role in Safety

Over the weekend, the Washington Post hosted a story discussing how the FTA will start having more oversight with regard to transit safety.

The article can be found here.

Some takeaways from the article are:
  1. The Department of Transportation (DOT) has composed a new committee for transit safety called "Transit Rail Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS)" which consists of two dozen stakeholders from various departments (transportation, public works, operations and maintenance), which include individuals whom have an interest in labor and administration. 
  2. Next phase in steps from the Obama administration as a response to commuter rail transit accidents like the Metrolink crash, Metro Red Line crash in DC, and others.
  3. The FTA does not have any enforcement ability, therefore, TRACS is still unable to set forth any regulations.

Alan Huynh

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