DOT Urges States To Meet April 2019 State Safety Oversight Deadline

April 24, 2018 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

l-train-1462508In football, there’s the two-minute warning. For the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), we now have the one-year warning.

DOT’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) last week issued a reminder to states informing them that they now have one year left until the April 15, 2019, deadline to obtain FTA certification of their State Safety Oversight (SSO) programs to provide more effective oversight of rail transit systems in their jurisdictions. To help states meet the requirements, FTA has developed an SSO Certification Toolkit that provides guidance on program requirements and offers technical assistance to SSO agencies.

Since 2013, FTA has provided about $112.4 million in grant funds to eligible states to develop and implement an SSO program that is compliant with federal requirements. However, federal law prohibits FTA from awarding new federal transit funds to any transit provider in a state that fails to meet the certification deadline. This includes all FTA formula and competitive grant programs, such as the Capital Investment Grant program. The deadline cannot be waived or extended.

According to DOT, 30 states with rail transit systems still need FTA certification by the April 15, 2019, deadline. Currently, only eight states have completed the certification process. FTA “strongly recommends that states submit their certification applications as soon as possible,” and should not assume that applications submitted after Sept. 30, 2018, will be certified by the deadline.

Are you involved in the SSO certification process? Let us know what certification issues you’ve had. We’d love to hear from you.

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