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Keeping Safety on Track
Building New Partnerships in Safety
ďEarly integration of system safety concepts in the planning, design, and construction of major capital projects directly supports the Department of Transportationís number one strategic goal by working toward eliminating all transportation-related deaths, injuries, and property damage. Ē
- Nuria I. Fernandez, Acting Administrator, Federal Transit Administration
The Federal Transit Administration provides New Starts funding for the design, construction, and start-up of new Rail Fixed Guideway Systems and extensions to existing systems. Nationwide, over 190 projects have been authorized under the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century, to compete for Federal Transit Administration New Starts funds. With Federal Transit Administration funding presently at record levels, there has never been a greater need to integrate system safety concepts early in the project development process.
SYSTEM SAFETY IN ALL PHASES OF PROJECT DEVELOPMENT
Early incorporation of system safety and security concepts in project development yields many benefits. For example, it brings:
STATES WITH NEW STARTS
States with existing State Safety Oversight Agencies are actively addressing the inclusion of system safety and security concepts for extensions and modifications to rail fixed guideway systems already in their programs. These agencies review drawings, plans, and procedures, and formally approve system safety and security program plans.
In order for states without existing State Safety Oversight Agencies to effectively support system safety and security integration during the development process, the Federal Transit Administration recommends that:
The following diagram depicts an overlay of the major capital project development phases and the phases necessary to implement an effective State Safety Oversight Program:
BUILDING NEW PARTNERSHIPS IN SAFETY
The Federal Transit Administrationís Office of Safety and Security is committed to working with all organizations involved in the development of rail fixed guideway systems. The Federal Transit Administrationís commitment is to:
FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
The Federal Transit Administrationís Office of Safety and Security promotes the incorporation of system safety and security during the early phases of project development. The Office provides technical assistance, covering such topics as system safety principles, hazard analysis, safety certification, Part 659 requirements, and industry best practices. This assistance is available in the form of:
Additional information regarding Federal Transit Administration programs can be obtained by contacting the Office of Safety and Security at 202-366-2896.
Sharing information between states is a valuable tool to State Safety Oversight Program implementation, ongoing oversight issues, and concerns. Contact information for State Safety Oversight Agencies is listed below:
State Safety Oversight Agency Phone Numbers
"Integrating safety into the planning, design, construction, and operations for New Starts, extensions, and modifications to the system to rail fixed guideway systems is a priority for this office and will result in enhanced transit safety for the riding public."
- Hiram J. Walker, Associate Administrator for Program Management