Representing Small, Rural, & Specialized Transportation Providers Statewide
PTSAP deadline extended to 12/31/20
Subject: U.S. Department of Transportation Provides Greater Flexibility for Transit Agencies to Meet Safety Plan Requirements
WASHINGTON – In response to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced that it will give transit agencies more time to meet the requirements of the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (PTASP) regulation.
“We understand that many transit agencies are experiencing disruptions to normal operating procedures during the COVID-19 public health emergency and, as a result, we are announcing this flexibility while they work to comply with the PTASP regulation,” said FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams.
The PTASP regulation requires transit agencies to incorporate Safety Management System (SMS) policies and procedures as they develop safety plans to manage safety risks. The regulation set July 20, 2020 as the deadline for transit agencies to certify that they have established a compliant agency safety plan. However, with today’s announcement, FTA is alerting transit agencies that it will provide relief by refraining from taking any enforcement action until December 31, 2020 against agencies that are unable to meet the July 20, 2020 deadline.
“To continue to support the transit industry during this unprecedented public health emergency, we are offering this flexibility, recognizing the vital role that transit agencies play in the response to COVID-19,” Williams added.
The newly added FAQ on this PTASP flexibility is provided below:
AD1: Is FTA providing relief from the
Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan
regulation (49 CFR Part 673) July 20, 2020
A: Yes. The FTA has issued a Notice of Enforcement Discretion stating that, until December 31, 2020, in light of the extraordinary operational challenges presented by the COVID-19 public health emergency, FTA will refrain from taking enforcement action pursuant to 49 U.S.C. § 5329(g) and the FTA Master Agreement (26) (October 1, 2019) against any FTA recipient or subrecipient subject to the PTASP regulation that is unable to certify that it has established an Agency Safety Plan that complies with the regulation. This Notice will remain in effect until December 31, 2020. In effect, this Notice gives transit agencies affected by the emergency until December 31, 2020, to comply with and certify to the requirements in the PTASP regulation. Notwithstanding the Notice’s exercise of enforcement discretion, FTA expects affected recipients and subrecipients to continue to work toward meeting the July 20, 2020, effective date to the extent practical under the current circumstances caused by the COVID-19 public health emergency. During this period, the PTASP Technical Assistance Center will remain available to meet the PTASP technical assistance needs of states and transit agencies.