14th Annual State Safety Oversight Program Meeting

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The Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) 14th Annual State Safety Oversight (SSO) Meeting will be held Tuesday morning, September 28 to noon on Friday, October 1, 2010. Co-hosted by the Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) and the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), this meeting will take place at the Memphis Marriott Downtown, 250 North Main Street, Memphis, Tennessee 38103, (901) 527-7300.

The hotel is right on the MATA Trolley line, close to shopping, museums, and the world-renowned music and entertainment of Beale Street.

Arrangements have been made with the Memphis Downtown Marriott to guarantee hotel rooms at the government rate of $100 per night. The hotel created a dedicated, online book web site for our meeting. To make reservations, please go to https://resweb.passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode=welcome_ei_new&eventID=2556243&utm_source=7567&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=3131627. A reservation with the hotel serves as your registration for the 14th Annual SSO Program Meeting.

This meeting is attended by Safety Directors from the Nation’s 48 rail transit agencies and Program Managers from the Nation’s 28 SSO agencies, as well as FTA staff from headquarters and the Regional Offices, as well as representatives from FTA’s safety partners, including the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), and Operation Lifesaver. In all, approximately 90 safety professionals attend this event each year.

These annual meetings are critical to the management of the SSO Program. Information gained and shared during these meetings directly influences the quality and consistency of the safety programs implemented and overseen in the rail transit industry.

These meetings offer both State and rail transit representatives the opportunity to work with FTA to develop recommendations for enhancing rail transit safety that accurately reflect the industry’s needs, challenges, and opportunities for improvement.

These meetings also provide an opportunity to enhance professional development regarding the implementation of key 49 CFR Part 659 issues through training programs and presentations. Finally, these meetings enable FTA to share the results of new initiatives and programs with the rail transit agencies and the SSO agencies.

FTA has established a Working Group to develop the agenda. Key topics proposed for the agenda include:
• FTA’s Rail Transit Safety Initiative, including the Public Transportation Safety Program Act of 2010 and FTA’s Transit Rail Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS)
• Enhancing Coordination with the FTA Regional Offices to Address Safety Issues and Concerns
• Elements of an Effective Hazard Management Program
• Hazard Management Case Studies
• Right-of-way Worker Protection Programs
• Incorporating Near-Miss Reporting into a Safety Program
• Managing Safety in Major Capital Projects
• NTSB Update
• Town Hall Meeting with FTA

A draft agenda will be available at the end of July; the final agenda will be available by the end of August.

For further information, contact Region 10’s Susan Fletcher at (206) 220-7514 or email susan.fletcher@dot.gov.


/s/ Kenneth Feldman for

R.F. Krochalis
Regional Administrator