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State Safety Oversight Program

The TDOT State Safety Oversight (SSO) program is required by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and applies to rail transit agencies (RTAs) not regulated by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in the State of Tennessee (Memphis Vintage Trolleys & Chattanooga Incline Railroad). The authorization for FTA’s and TDOT’s SSO programs stems from the FTA’s goal of providing coordinated regulatory oversight through Federal and State corporation as initially envisioned in 49 U.S.C. Section 5330 (State Safety Oversight). The TDOT SSO does this by implementing a Federally compliant Program Standard and other program elements sufficient to enforce system safety through a Safety Management System (SMS) of Tennessee’s RTAs.

 

The core functions of the TDOT SSO program include:

  • Promulgate and enforce state rules and regulation, including establishing enforcement and investigative authorities
  • Enforce federal rules and regulation
  • Establish and carry out legal and financial obligations independent of the RTAs in the state
  • Hire and develop staff and contract support, as needed and required
  • Manage federal and state grant programs
  • Implement a robust and active oversight program sufficient to meet the safety oversight needs of the RTAs in the state
 
For more information, please contact Jennifer Coulter.