Safety Management Systems (SMS)

Safety Management Systems (SMS) is a comprehensive, collaborative approach that brings management and labor together to build on the transit industry’s existing safety foundation to control risk better, detect and correct safety problems earlier, share and analyze safety data more effectively, and measure safety performance more carefully.

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FTA’s “Dear Colleague” Letter on SMS Policy

Administrator Rogoff describes the adoption of SMS as the basis for the initiatives FTA will undertake to improve the safety of public transportation.

SMS Frequently Asked Questions

A detailed overview of SMS, its applications, and how it fits under MAP-21.

Why SMS? (PDF)

A brochure outlining the SMS framework.

Implementing SMS Principles in Rail Transit Agencies (PDF)

Transit Rail Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS) Report