Alcohol and Controlled Substances Testing

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This final rule is issued to revise sections of the Alcohol and Controlled Substances (D&A) Testing regulation to reflect recent amendments to the law. The final rule also includes technical corrections to the D&A testing regulation to more clearly explain existing compliance requirements, update regulatory terms, and remove repealed statutory provisions. Because this rule merely implements a statutory provision without agency interpretation, Federal Transit Administration (FTA) finds that public comment is unnecessary under the circumstances.

This final rule was effective on June 25, 2013.

The complete Federal Register may be found at

For further regulations, rules, notices and clarifications, go to the FTA Transit Safety and Oversight (TSO) Drug and Alcohol web site at

As an adjunct to the FTA Drug and Alcohol National Conference, a one-day seminar called “Substance Abuse Seminar” is designed to provide essential facts and information to facilitate employers' compliance with DOT's 49 CFR Part 40 and FTA's 49 CFR Part 655. While a high-level overview of the regulations will be discussed, this seminar will focus more on the operational side of a transit agency's functions.

Wichita, KS - July 11, 2013
Helena, MT - August 15, 2013
Wilmington, DE - October 29, 2013

Register for one of the training sessions at

For further information on program issues, contact Vincent Valdes, Office of Transit Safety and Oversight (TSO), Federal Transit Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001; phone 202-366-4052, or email For legal issues, contact Bruce Walker, Office of Chief Counsel (TCC), FTA, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SEWashington, DC 20590- 0001; phone 202-366-9109, or email Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Eastern Time Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

For more information, contact Region 10’s Elaine Wine at 206-220-4463 or email


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R.F. Krochalis
Regional Administrator