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District of Columbia Meets Federal SSO Deadline

FTA has announced that the District of Columbia has obtained federal certification for its rail transit State Safety Oversight (SSO) Program, under which the D.C. Fire and Emergency Management Services is responsible for providing safety oversight of the D.C. Streetcar system.

Thirty states with rail transit systems must obtain certification of their SSO Programs by the April 15, 2019, deadline. The district joins Minnesota, Ohio and Utah in receiving certification.

A table listing certification status state by state is here.

If a state fails to meet the deadline, FTA is prohibited by law from awarding any new federal transit funds to its public transit agencies until certification is achieved.

Separately, the District of Columbia is expected to join with Virginia and Maryland to jointly submit an SSO Program certification application for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Metrorail system, which will be overseen by the Metrorail Safety Commission.

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