Insights

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Missouri State Safety Oversight Program Certified Under MAP-21

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) achieved certification from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for their State Safety Oversight (SSO) program on September 24th.

$366 million in USDOT Grants to Overhaul Bus Service in the U.S.

On the heels of 49 CFR Part 673’s release (see our newsletter article from September), the FTA has announced more than $366 million in grants aimed at improving bus infrastructure across the country. Grant funds have been awarded to 107 project across 50 states and territories, for a wide variety of purposes.

TRA and FDOT Lead Review of Orlando Airport’s Automated People Mover

In late September, TRA conducted a three-year audit of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority’s (GOAA) Automated People Mover (APM) systems on behalf of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). TRA supports numerous FDOT programs throughout the state, including safety oversight of the Miami-Dade Airport APMs, Miami-Dade Metrorail and Metromover systems, Miami-Dade’s bus system, Jacksonville Transportation Authority’s Skyway Monorail, and Tampa’s Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority TECO Line Streetcar.

Meet Our Team: Joshu Shih

Get to know Project Manager Joshu Shih and learn about the work he does at TRA.

 

​Michigan, Illinois, and Tennessee Achieve MAP-21 SSO Certification

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) all recently achieved certification from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for their State Safety Oversight (SSO) programs this August.

 

FTA Releases 49 CFR Part 673: Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan Final Rule

Under 49 CFR Part 673, all transit agencies receiving Urbanized Area Formula Funding Grants from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) must implement Public Transportation Safety Plans (PTASPs) that comply with this new regulation.


Accident Investigation Training

TRA team members recently provided incident investigation training to executives, managers, and supervisors at a U.S. commuter rail agency.

 

Meet Our Team: Daniela Amores

Get to know Director of Systems Engineering Daniela Amores and learn about the work she does at TRA.

MAP-21/Part 674 Certification Achieved for Nine TRA State Safety Oversight Clients

On July 25th, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the latest round of states to receive certifications for their State Safety Oversight (SSO) Programs. Each state that oversees a defined rail transit system must apply for and receive certification under MAP-21 and 49 CFR §674. With these newest additions to the roster, TRA now has nine SSO clients who have achieved certification.

 

CASE and TRA TRB Projects Published

Working with our partner and prime contractor CASE, TRA recently completed two-volume Transit Cooperative Research Project Research Report 193, “Tools and Strategies for Eliminating Assaults Against Transit Operators.”

 

Incident Investigation Technical Assistance

TRA recently began an exciting project wherein we’re reviewing incident investigation procedures and recent investigation reports for a U.S. commuter rail agency. The commuter rail operator seeks to improve incident investigation processes, as well as the safety-related interaction between departments.

 

Meet Our Team: Daniel Hauber

Get to know Vice President Daniel Hauber and learn about the work he does at TRA.