SAFETY PLAN DEVELOPMENT
A transit system safety plan is key to ensuring that transit passengers safely reach their
destinations. The transit system should identify all potential safety hazards in order to
eliminate, minimize or control them. It is also important to identify all safety related
responsibilities and delegate them to the proper units within the system while providing
the resources needed to carry out these responsibilities. Transit systems should apply
operating, technical and management techniques and principles to the safety aspects of
the system to reduce actual or potential system hazards.
Due to increased terrorist activities targeted toward public transportation, Mn/DOT, with
guidance from the Federal Transit Administration, is taking this opportunity to ensure
that all transit systems in MN have assistance in preparing a safety plan. While the threat
of terrorist attacks against public transit is elevated, it is anticipated that the more
common use for a safety plan will be natural disasters such as tornados and floods.
Mn/DOT has prepared this guidance to assist transit providers in the development of a
safety plan for their transit systems. FTA’s core elements for inclusion in a
comprehensive plan are incorporated. The core elements are: Security, Driver/Employee
Selection, Driver/Employee Training, Vehicle Maintenance, Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Programs, and Safety Data Acquisition/Analysis.
What follows is a section-by-section breakdown of the core elements with their
individual components listed. Technical memos, examples, and websites that will
provide further guidance are provided in the event that additional information is needed.
A three-ring binder will be provided for use in developing individual system plans. Each
section should include the documentation that addresses that core element. A copy of the
documentation specific to the transit system should be inserted into the three ring binder
in its appropriate location. Mn/DOT Transit Project Managers will be available to assist
transit systems develop these important plans.
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