Safety Management Systems (SMS)

Safety Management System (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.

Topic Description
SMS Safety Bulletin

Guidance on SMS Support Services

FTA Bus Safety Program and SMS for Small Agencies

Webinar: FTA Bus Safety Program and SMS for Small Agencies

FTA Bus Safety Program and SMS for Small Agencies

National RTAP 101 Webinar Series: FTA Bus Safety Program and SMS for Small Agencies

FTA SMS Framework

FTA SMS Framework

FTA’s “Dear Colleague” Letter on SMS Policy

A description of 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