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Committee NameTransit Advisory Committee for SafetyAgency NameDepartment of Transportation
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number75267
Original Establishment Date11/23/2009Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*15
Current Charter Date9/12/2018Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Safety & Oversight Office
Date Of Renewal Charter9/12/2020Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date9/11/2020Designated Federal Officer First Name*Henrika
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Buchanan
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Agency memoDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 366-1783
Effective Date Of Authority*11/23/2009Designated Federal Officer Fax*
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The full committee is scheduled to meet 2 times/year to discuss tasks assigned by the FTA Administrator. In addition, subcommittees will be appointed and will meet throughout the year as they develop recommendations that will be reviewed and approved by the the full committee.
How is membership balanced?*The committee is representative of transit agencies, state oversight agencies, members of academia, state governments, and unions. It is further balanced with geographic, ethnic, and gender diversity.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The full Committee meets twice a year. The committee will meet monthly via teleconference or Adobe Connect or Skype to provide updates and to continue progress towards making the best recommendations possible to FTA.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The committee is necessary to assist the FTA with developing recommendations and policy for public transportation safety. Its expertise and diverse interests provide a well-rounded industry approach to safety that FTA cannot obtain elsewhere.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation Remarks


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentThe Federal Transit Administration has published regulatory notices for public comment and the letter reports will assist in developing further proposed rulemakings to implement MAP-21 and FAST Act requirements.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentThrough Letter Reports to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Administrator, TRACS provides recommendations to assist FTA in meeting requirements set forth in developing policy and guidance to implement MAP-21 and the FAST Act.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentWith the enactment of MAP-21, FTA has recieved legislative authority to provide more robust oversight of public transportation safety. Recommendations made by TRACS will assist FTA as this effort and other requirements from the FAST Act are implemented.Grants Review CommentNot Applicable
Number Of Recommendations*10Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe committee was charged with developing recommendations addressing the following: (1) safety management system principles in rail transit agencies; (2) characteristics of an ideal state safety oversight organization; (3) methods for improving the development of non-regulatory employer prescription and over the counter drug policies, employee prescription and over the counter drug notification training, and employee notification information in accident/incident investigations; (4) a confidential, non-punitive, close call safety reporting system for the rail transit industry; (5) a framework and elements that should be a part of a Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan; (6) a framework for the National Public Transportation Safety Plan; (7) transit worker assaults; (8) fatigue management; (9) improving safety culture; and (10) safety data and performance management.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*40.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentTen letter reports with recommendations have been delivered to the FTA Administrator. FTA is drafing rules to meet MAP-21 and FAST Act requirements and several recommendations have been fully implemented to date. Other recommendations are still being considered and may be incorporated into the proposed rulemaking recommendations and other program development.Access GSA FACA WebsiteNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented*20.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentTen letter reports with recommendations have been delivered to the FTA Administrator. FTA is currently implementing MAP-21 and FAST Act requirements and considering all recommendations as it moves forward. It is also proposing several reserach projects that further explore TRACS recommendations.Access OtherYes
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentCommittee members are provided contact information for agency representatives.
Agency Feedback CommentFeedback is provided via letter and direct communication with the Designated Federal Officer.Narrative Description*The TRACS will provide recommendations to the Secretary of Transportation and the FTA Administrator regarding public transit safety and other safety issues.TRACS received one new task from FTA during FY2018 to review emerging technologies and recommend public transportation innovations in safety that FTA can implement. The committee will provide recommendations to FTA regarding this task in FY20 as a letter and final report.
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-001645Transit Advisory Committee for Safety2017
 COM-002613Transit Advisory Committee for Safety2016
 COM-003737Transit Advisory Committee for Safety2015
 COM-004758Transit Rail Advisory Committee for Safety2014
 COM-005858Transit Rail Advisory Committee for Safety2013
 COM-006857Transit Rail Advisory Committee for Safety2012
 COM-007827Transit Rail Advisory Committee for Safety2011
 COM-009096Transit Rail Advisory Committee for Safety2010
 COM-032967Transit Advisory Committee for Safety2018