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States with a rail fixed guideway public transportation system (rail transit system) that is not regulated by the FRA, or any such system in the engineering or construction phase of development, are eligible to receive funding.

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As of June 19, 2017, there were nine states that still require legislative action prior to FTA certification: Hawaii, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

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Transportation Safety Institute, U.S. DOT
National Transportation Institute, Rutgers University
Johns Hopkins University
Volpe National Transportation Systems Center
All have skilled professional training course development staff.

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Usually from a cadre of gifted and dedicated transit industry professionals who volunteer their time to better the industry.

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Recognizing the need for immediate assistance with the development of the transit safety oversight workforce, MAP-21 requires FTA to move forward with developing interim provisions for training and certifying this workforce in advance of the rulemaking process. Therefore, pursuant to 49 U.S.C. § 5329(c)(2), FTA has developed interim provisions for the certification and training of designated Federal, State, and other designated personnel who conduct safety audits and examinations and transit system personnel with direct safety oversight responsibility.

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Because personalized, face-to-face training is very effective. And thus helps the transit industry improve in safety, security and operational areas.

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FTA is proposing this general directive to address unsafe conditions and practices that lead to stop signal overruns and the risks of death, injury and property damage. We are encouraging rail transit agencies and the State Safety Oversight Agencies (SSOA) that oversee them to provide comments on the proposed general directive. Comments must be received by March 20, 2017. Following a summary and analysis of the public comments, FTA will issue a final General Directive to the transit industry.

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It is about transparency in FTA safety oversight activity of WMATA Metrorail and Metrobus, and providing a means for the public to track WMATA’s progress in implementing corrective actions to improve safety for passengers and employees.

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No. The FTA is prohibited by federal transportation law from from granting waivers or extensions to the April 15, 2019 deadline. 

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No. A state may be reimbursed for eligible activities from March 10, 2014, if it is certified. If the state is not yet certified, it may be reimbursed for eligible activities carried out from the date that their Certification Work Plan (CWP) is approved.

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