Federal compliance for transit - Transit safety

On August 11, 2016, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) published the Public Transportation Safety Program Final Rule (Safety Program Rule). The rule establishes substantive and procedural rules for the administration of the Public Transportation Safety Program (National Safety Program) authorized at 49 U.S.C. § 5329, including FTA’s authority to monitor and oversee transit safety and enforce transit safety laws. The rule also establishes Safety Management Systems (SMS) as FTA’s foundational safety policy, which will support FTA in taking a risk-based approach to the development and implementation of the National Safety Program. Please see the resources provided in the links below for more information.

WisDOT currently has two different programs affected by the Safety Program Rule and the National Safety Program: Bus Safety, and Rail Transit Safety. Please see the links below for more information about each individual program.


WisDOT State Safety Oversight Manager
Eric Stoegbauer
Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Bureau of Transit, Local Roads, Railroads and Harbors
(608) 286-0041


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