APTA Submits Petition to FTA on PTASP Final Rule


APTA submitted a petition May 13 for reconsideration of FTA’s final rule, Public Transportation Agency Safety Plans (PTASP), published in the Federal Register at 89 FR 25694 on April 11.

APTA asked for reconsideration of FTA’s final rule provisions regarding: (1) the prohibition in 49 C.F.R. § 673.19(c)(8) preventing the accountable executive of a public transit agency from serving in a tiebreaking role as part of safety committee dispute resolution procedures under any circumstance; and (2) the removal of an accountable executive’s decision-making authority regarding safety risk mitigations in the safety risk reduction program in 49 C.F.R. § 673.23 (d)(1).

APTA contends that, in addition, FTA failed to adequately account for the additional cost burdens on transit agencies to implement these new PTASP requirements. APTA also requested that FTA reconsider the implementation timeframe for the final rule’s provisions and extend it by one year to May 13, 2025.