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New Concepts: Same Commitment to Transit Safety

The safety of our passengers and systems requires a dynamic approach that is constantly evolving to meet the realities of moving people (and individuals with vastly different needs) aboard vehicles and across landscapes that often present challenges and dangers completely out of our control. The best community and public transportation systems have developed both responsive and predictive safety cultures that necessitate regular and updated training, an ongoing emphasis on safety from system leadership and practical accountability.

New Concepts: Same commitment to Transit Safety


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From the Editor

Rich Sampson

DigitalCT Editor Rich Sampson discusses the features in our New Concepts, Same Commitment to Safety edition.

Commentary - Safety: The North Star

The North Star

The safety achievements and the overall record of safety in community and public transportation doesn't just magically happen. It is due, directly, to the training, dedication and commitment to safety policies, practices and procedures at these transportation operations.

FTA Rulemaking for Safety Plans

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CTAA expressed many concerns with the proposed rulemaking, particularly in regards to its scalability for small urban, rural, tribal and specialized transportation providers. CTAA will review the FTA's final rule when it is posted later this summer, and will work closely with FTA leaders and the Congress to ensure these regulations do not place undue administrative burdens and costs upon mobility providers.

CTAA's Safety and Security Accreditation Program

Community Transportation Safety and Security Accreditation (CTSSA)

Anticipating the outcomes of the Federal Transit Administration's rulemaking on public transportation agency safety plans, the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) established the Community Transportation Safety and Security Accreditation (CTSSA) program as a resource to assist organizations in establishing the type of safety standards required to be included in these plans.

Mobility & Behavioral Health Conditions

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The number of riders with behavioral health conditions is expected to increase in coming years. Now is the time to begin a discussion of the kind of impacts these conditions will present for those who depend on community and public transportation services will have on themselves, transit workers and their follow riders.

Challenges, Opportunities with Increased Size of Mobility Devices

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The availability of larger and more powerful mobility devices now enable individuals previously unable to use public transit or paratransit to access medical and other quality of life destinations more easily. Increased dependence on larger devices indicates demographic changes that pose both a challenge and opportunity for providers.

Three Tips to Strengthen Your Drug Screening Program

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In the public transportation industry, reducing the effects of substance abuse among your employees is critical to your organization's safety program. You already have a testing program in place that meets the FTA's minimum requirements, but is that enough?


Richard Sampson
Communications Specialist
Community Transportation and RAIL Magazines
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