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Two More States Achieve SSO Certification

FTA has announced that Virginia and Colorado have obtained federal certification of their rail transit State Safety Oversight (SSO) programs, in advance of an April 15, 2019, deadline.

The two states join Ohio, Minnesota, Utah, the District of Columbia, Hawaii and Massachusetts in meeting the deadline for FTA certification, out of 30 states or territories with rail transit systems. The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation is responsible for providing safety oversight of Hampton Roads Transit, while the Public Utilities Commission in Colorado is responsible for providing safety oversight of Denver’s Regional Transportation District.

Separate from today’s announcement, Virginia, together with Maryland and the District of Columbia, is expected to jointly submit to FTA an SSO program certification application for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Metrorail system, which will be overseen by the Metrorail Safety Commission.

Federal law requires states with rail transit systems in the engineering or construction phase of development or in operation to obtain FTA certification of their SSO programs by April 15, 2019. If a state fails to meet the deadline, FTA is prohibited by law from awarding any new federal transit funds to public transit agencies within the state until certification is achieved.

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