Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (PTASP)
On July 19, 2018, FTA published the Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (PTASP) Final Rule, which requires certain operators of public transportation systems that receive federal funds under FTA's Urbanized Area Formula Grants to develop safety plans that include the processes and procedures to implement Safety Management Systems (SMS).
The PTASP rule provides two tiers of compliance with differing requirements:
Tier I agencies are defined as large transit agencies operating rail fixed guideway transit and having greater than 101 transit vehicles in peak revenue service.
- Tier I agencies in the Commonwealth include:
- Hampton Roads Transit (HRT)
- Greater Richmond Transit Company (GRTC)
- Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission PRTC
Tier II agencies are defined as a small transit agency not operating rail fixed guideway and running 100 or fewer vehicles in total during peak revenue service. Under the PTASP rule, State Departments of Transportation are tasked with developing the PTASP for all eligible Tier II agencies unless the agency chooses to opt out.
The rule does not apply to agencies that are subject to the safety jurisdiction of another federal agency, including passenger ferry operators regulated by the U.S. Coast Guard and rail operators regulated by the Federal Railroad Administration.
The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) sponsors the Statewide Public Transportation Safety Plan (PTASP) for Tier II Small Public Transportation Providers in the Commonwealth. The Statewide Tier II PTASP plan includes safety performance targets and describes safety management systems in place at the 15 agencies who participated in the Statewide Plan. The Tier II PTASP was completed in July, 2020 Transit agencies must review the plan annually by July 20th of each year.