New Charter Service Rules

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On January 14, 2008, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) published its new rules on charter service by recipients of FTA funds. This final rule clarifies the existing requirements, sets out a new definition of “charter service”, allows for electronic registration of private charter providers which replaces the old “willing and able” process, includes a new provision allowing private charter operators to request a cease and desist order and establishes more detailed complaint, hearing and appeal procedures.

The notice of final rulemaking and the final rule can be found:

The rule is effective on April 30, 2008.

For further information, contact: Crystal Frederick, Ombudsman for Charter Services, Federal Transit Administration, 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE, Room E54-410, Washington, DC 20590, (202) 366-4063,; or the Region 10’s Regional Counsel Theodore Uyeno at (206) 220-7958 or



R.F. Krochalis
Regional Administrator