Transit Cooperative Research Program Quick Study (With Attached Recommendations on Rail Safety)

10/14/2009
[PDF including enclosures] [Referenced July 13 Letter] [Referenced NTSB Letter]

Dear Rail Transit Colleagues:

As a follow-up to my letter to you dated July 13 (enclosed), I am writing you today to urge your cooperation in completing a survey being conducted as part of a Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) funded quick study.

The Federal Transit Administration has partnered with the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) to support a TCRP-funded quick study to begin to address urgent recommendation R-09-07 from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) dated July 13, 2009 (enclosed), and to prepare for other industry recommendations related to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's Fort Totten train collision in June.

You should have received a letter from APTA requesting that you forward the survey to the appropriate signal specialist in your organization for timely completion.  In addition, the TCRP quick study will involve a meeting of industry signaling specialists in November to be held in Washington, DC.  I encourage participation by appropriate staff from your organization.

Safety remains the primary goal of the U.S. Department of Transportation, and I think you in advance for your cooperation and support.

Sincerely yours,

/S/

Peter M. Rogoff

Enclosures

cc: Deborah A.P. Hersman, NTSB Chairman
State Safety Oversight Agencies