Insights

TRA Releases Webinars to Navigate New FTA PTASP Requirements
TRA has created a series of webinars designed to help transit agencies and state safety oversight (SSO) agencies understand and implement new requirements from the Federal Transit Administration around Public Transit Safety Plans (PTASPs).
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BART Announces Plans for New Transbay Rail Crossing
The Bay Area Rapid Transit Authority (BART) has announced plans to build an additional crossing for rail to bridge the San Francisco Bay.
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FRA Issues Final Rule for High-Speed Rail
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has issued a final rule governing the safety and operations of high-speed passenger trains in the United States, paving the way for high-speed rail to operate with fewer obstacles and setting safety standards for these systems across the industry.
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Meet Our Team: Stephanie Malin
I began working for TRA right after the completion of my Master's of Public Administration degree. Throughout school, I had worked for the Institute for Public Administration, in Newark, Delaware, where I focused on the development of complete communities and the interaction between transportation access and public health
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$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.
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GOAA
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).
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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
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Meet Our Team: Joshu Shih
I joined TRA after my graduate program in City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design.  My first clients were the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Rail Transit Safety Review Program and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s AirTrain Safety Oversight Board.
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Accident Investigation Training
TRA team members recently provided incident investigation training to executives, managers, and supervisors at a U.S. commuter rail agency.
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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.
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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.
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Meet Our Team: Daniela Amores
Get to know Director of Systems Engineering Daniela Amores and learn about the work she does at TRA.
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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.
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Meet Our Team: Daniel Hauber
Get to know Vice President Daniel Hauber and learn about the work he does at TRA.
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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." We are proud of our work with CASE, and with this important transit security initiative.
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Incident Investigation Technical Assistance
TRA recently began an exciting project 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.
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