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FTA Hires First Safety Inspector

George Good Jr. has joined FTA as the first full-time safety investigation in the agency's 50-year history as part of the agency's ongoing efforts to strengthen its safety authority granted by the passage of MAP-21.

Good previously was safety program director for Maryland DOT. He has 28Êyears of experience in operations safety and security for bus, light rail, heavy rail and commuter rail.

For FTA, he will support round-the-clock operations for accident investigations, announced Thomas Littleton, FTA associate administrator for safety and oversight. He will work closely with the public transit industry and other DOT agencies.

"While accident or defect investigation is a standard procedure in several DOT agencies, the proven skills and expertise that George Good, Jr., brings to FTA are critical assets at a time when we are beginning to establish our independent investigative safety authority as required by law," Littleton stated in Fast Lane, DOT's blog. Littleton added that FTA plans to hire additional safety investigators to complete its investigative team.

MAP-21 grants FTA the authority to establish and enforce a new comprehensive framework to oversee public transportation safety throughout the U.S. This authority closes a loophole that has existed since 1964; FTA can now establish basic safety standards to better ensure the safety of tens of millions of passengers that ride public transportation each day.
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