U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Pete Buttigieg appointed 24 members to the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Transit Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS).
“At the Department of Transportation, our top priority is ensuring the safety of every member of the traveling public, including the workforce,” Secretary Buttigieg said. “We look forward to working with the 24 members of TRACS – representing experts from large cities, small towns, academia, non-profits, organized labor, and more – to support the continued safety of public transit across America.”
TRACS’s membership reflects the geographic, size and issue diversity across the transit industry and includes members from large and small bus and rail operators, state safety oversight agencies, academia, non-profit organizations and labor unions.
TRACS provides information, advice and recommendations on transit safety and other issues as determined by the Secretary of Transportation and the FTA Administrator. TRACS meets as a full committee at least once a year. Meetings are announced in the Federal Register and are open to the public. The first meeting will be held in early 2023.
Since 2009, TRACS has provided FTA with valuable recommendations on critical issues, such as establishing a Fatigue Management Program for the bus and rail transit industry and researching transit worker accidents and fatalities to better protect them in railway corridors. The TRACS charter was renewed in February 2022. TRACS appointments are for two-year terms.