Public Transportation: Identifying Lessons Learned Could Help Improve FTA's Process to Manage Safety Risks, Report to Congressional Requesters [open pdf - 2MB]
From the Highlights: "In recent years, new laws gave the Department of Transportation's FTA [Federal Transit Administration] additional requirements and authorities to oversee transit safety. In turn, FTA now requires, among other things, transit agencies to develop new safety plans that incorporate SMS [Safety Management Systems] to manage and mitigate safety risk. FTA also incorporated SMS in its transit agency oversight to better identify and assess safety risks, and determine appropriate mitigation efforts, including mandatory safety standards. GAO [Government Accountability Office] was asked to examine how FTA is implementing its new responsibilities and authorities. This report examines (1) selected transit agencies' experiences in incorporating SMS in their new safety plans; (2) steps FTA is taking to identify, assess, and mitigate safety risks; and (3) FTA's status on mandating safety standards and stakeholders' views on the benefits and challenges of such standards. GAO reviewed FTA documents on safety oversight policies and practices and interviewed officials from 12 transit agencies and their 9 respective state oversight agencies. GAO selected transit agencies to reflect a variety of modes, sizes, age, and geographic diversity. GAO recommends that FTA identify and document lessons learned from the camera pilot, including a plan to implement needed changes. DOT [Department of Transportation] concurred with this recommendation and provided technical changes to the draft report, which we incorporated as appropriate."
Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/