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October 12, 2009

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FTA Announces New Site for Bus Safety, Security

Rural and small urban bus systems have a new tool for developing and strengthening their safety and security programs with the Oct. 6 introduction of the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Bus Safety web site. FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff spoke about the site during the APTA Annual Meeting in Orlando.

“I am pleased that today, FTA launched a new web site designed to help rural and small urban transit providers build and implement effective safety, security, and emergency preparedness programs,” the administrator said.

“What does this web site mean to the thousands of rural and small urban transit providers across the nation?” Rogoff continued. “It means having quick and easy access to practical and relevant information resources. It means having a tool to help you assess your program's strengths and weaknesses. It means having the ability to ask questions and receive answers from peers on critical safety matters. The site will give users quick and easy access to a comprehensive resource library that houses over 1,000 technical assistance documents.”

In addition to the resource library, the site provides a self-assessment tool, community forum, and sections on management, equipment operation and maintenance, human resources safety activities, security activities, and emergency/all-hazards management, along with a list of upcoming events around the nation.

“Getting this important information to small transit agencies supports [Transportation] Secretary [Ray] LaHood’s drive to improve safety across the board in transportation," Rogoff said. “This site provides practical safety and security solutions in the most efficient manner possible and allows transit agencies to share their ideas and successes with each other to promote a higher level of transit safety and security throughout the nation.”

The site, along with the overall Transit Bus Safety and Security Program, was developed in partnership with APTA, as well as the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA), state DOTs, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), and other departments of the federal government.

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