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FTA Issues Advisory on Stop Signal Overruns

On April 7, FTA issued Safety Advisory 16-1 to collect information on the frequency of stop signal overruns in the rail transit industry and the actions being taken to address these occurrences.

FTA officials say they are aware of stop signal overrun incidents but the industry lacks a database that tracks incidents. Officials also report that some State Safety Oversight Agencies (SSOAs) require rail transit agencies under their jurisdiction to report stop signal overruns while others do not and that definitions, reporting thresholds and data analysis differ across the industry.

The advisory requests each SSOA to provide FTA with the total number of stop signal overruns that occurred during calendar year 2015 at each rail transit agency within the SSOA’s oversight. In addition, FTA is asking for a description of the process each agency uses to internally detect stop signal overruns and the process it uses to report stop signal overruns to its SSOA.

FTA requires that SSOAs that respond to the request submit information within 90 days of the advisory’s release to Sam Shelton. The text of the notice is available here.
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