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Tri-State Oversight Committee

TRA has served as the prime contractor for support to the Tri-State Oversight Committee, the State Safety Oversight Agency covering the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Metrorail system. TRA has supported TOC for over 15 years.  At a policy level, TRA develops and updates program-guiding documents and supports state policy-level staff on legal and regulatory issues, including assisting the District of Columbia, State of Maryland, and Commonwealth of Virginia in achieving MAP-21 compliance.  Additionally, TRA has assisted TOC in creating FTA-mandated MAP-21 Certification Work Plans, Technical Training Plans, analyses of program enhancements.  At a programmatic and technical level, TRA supports TOC in accident and incident investigation, review and approval of WMATA Corrective Action Plans (CAPs), and performance of triennial safety and security audits.  TRA has also supported TOC in oversight of WMATA major capital projects, including performing a Pre-Revenue Service Review of Phase 1 of the Silver Line Extension in 2014 and Safety Readiness Review of the WMATA 7000-Series Railcars in late 2014 to early 2015.


The security threats faced by private-sector companies are ever-changing:  from organized terrorist activities to lone-wolf attackers, maintaining preparedness without sacrificing business efficiency – or wasting your security budget – is a difficult challenge. This is particularly true for companies or organizations that find themselves in the public eye.

To help solve this problem, the security experts at TRA have developed a new product designed specifically for the private sector:  the Threat, Risk, and Security Evaluation (TRASE).  TRASE is focused on providing you with a quick, comprehensive view of security challenges at your facilities, a set of easily-implementable recommendations that won’t break the bank, and most importantly peace of mind.

 The process begins with a questionnaire to give our subject matter experts a 360-degree view of operations, security countermeasures, the overall environment at your facility, and your specific priorities.  A two-day site visit will follow, including a thorough physical inspection, interviews with key personnel, and a close-out briefing to outline the key findings and recommendations.

Missouri Department of Transportation Rail State Safety Oversight

TRA has been part of the MetroLink oversight contractor team since its inception in 2001. TRA assisted both the St. Clair County, Illinois Transit District and the Missouri Department of Transportation in implementing its SSO program, and assisted with comprehensive Pre-Revenue Service Reviews as the MetroLink system expanded.  Additionally, TRA provides ongoing SSO support to MoDOT’s oversight of the Kansas City Streetcar, currently in revenue service, and the St. Louis Delmar Loop Trolley, currently under construction. TRA assisted MoDOT in ensuring the safe and secure revenue operation of the Kansas City Streetcar. Similarly, TRA is very closely involved in conducting pre-revenue oversight activities for the Delmar Loop Trolley, in order to ensure the appropriate safety and security requirements are met and taken into account during construction and for the operational phase. When construction is completed, TRA will assist MoDOT in conducting a Pre-Revenue Service Review for the Delmar Loop Trolley to ensure that the Safety and Security Certification process has been completed, operational and maintenance readiness, and the completeness of training programs and relevant plans, policies, and procedures.

Autonomous Vehicles Safety Study

Click link to download AV report: Staying in Control-Bridging the Gaps in Autonomous Vehicle Safety – TRA – Sept 2016

Transportation Resource Associates (TRA) recently published a study on the safety of autonomous vehicles, and found significant pieces missing from the nation’s safety framework for self-driving vehicles.

The study (Staying in Control: Bridging the Gaps in Autonomous Vehicle Safety) examined the current state of autonomous vehicle deployment and existing safety regulations throughout the United States. As of July 2016, only five states, plus the District of Columbia, passed safety requirements for self-driving vehicles. Even as states do propose or enact new rules, the patchwork of varying requirements among states may hinder the technology’s progress and legal use across state lines.

These gaps remain despite vehicles with self-driving features already operating on public roads. Recent incidents and Internet videos have raised questions about consumers’ awareness of the technology’s current limits. In a notable May 2016 accident, a man died when his car in autonomous mode failed to stop for a tractor trailer that turned in front of him.

This study also notes many related areas needing attention, such as public accident investigations, driver training/licensing, automobile safety standards, and enhancements to safety mechanisms. The study presents useful lessons from past automobile enhancements and relevant safety practices in other transportation modes to ensure the safe use of autonomous vehicles.

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT)

TRA has been the technical consultant for the Pennsylvania Rail Transit Safety Review Program (RTSRP) for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) since 1995. TRA performs technical reviews of fixed-guideway operations, maintenance, systems, and training on behalf of PennDOT at transit systems in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania under RTSRP’s purview.

Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, Atlanta, Georgia

For several years, TRA has provided technical consulting services to the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). TRA has performed several consulting assignments and assessments, other support work regarding MARTA’s safety-critical rail and bus maintenance procedures, Safety Department practices and organization, MARTA Police and patron security perceptions, and rail transit operations practices such as rule compliance monitoring and Standing Operating Procedure revision. TRA has also assisted MARTA’s rail operations control center with performance management, staffing plans and job descriptions, and peer agency comparisons.


Parsons Corporation is, an engineering and construction firm with revenues of $2.9 billion in 2009, is 100% owned by the Employee Stock Ownership Trust. Parsons is a leader in many diversified markets such as communications, education, energy, environmental, facilities, federal government, healthcare, infrastructure, life sciences, transportation, vehicle inspection, and water/wastewater. Currently, more than 12,000 Parsons employees are engaged in more than 4,500 projects in 50 states and 25 countries.

Parsons utilizes the IndustrySafe Software throughout the entire organizations and throughout the world (almost all employees have access to IndustrySafe). Parsons utilizes IndustrySafe to report, track, and analyze incidents, corrective actions, inspections and more.