FTA moves to reestablish TRACS

Jan. 19, 2022
The safety advisory committee’s previous charter expired in September 2021.
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The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) intends to reestablish the Transit Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS) for a two-year charter.

TRACS was first established in 2009 as an initiative to provide advice and recommendations to FTA on transit safety matters. The previous charter expired in September 2021.

“TRACS will be tasked with providing advice and recommendations on improvements and innovations in transit safety. TRACS will review current challenges and innovations in public transportation and provide recommendations that FTA can implement in support of safety in the public transportation sector,” a notice in the Federal Register read.

Over the years, TRACS has made recommendations on non-punitive close call reporting systems, state oversight models, improving safety culture, fatigue management, preventing and mitigating transit worker assaults, roadway worker protection and trespass and suicide prevention, as well as many other safety topics.

FTA says a solicitation seeking membership nominations will be published in the coming weeks. TRACS membership has previously consisted of transit and safety stakeholders from state, union, private company and public transportation entities.

“The U.S. Department of Transportation and FTA are committed to ensuring the safety of the nation's public transportation systems and reducing the safety risk to both riders and transit workers. Accordingly, the secretary of transportation has determined that reestablishing TRACS is necessary and in the public interest,” the Federal Register notice read.

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Mischa Wanek-Libman serves as editor in chief of Mass Transit magazine and group editorial director of the Infrastructure and Aviation Group at Endeavor Business Media. She is responsible for developing and maintaining the editorial direction of the group and is based in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Wanek-Libman has spent more than 20 years covering transportation issues including construction projects and engineering challenges for various commuter railroads and transit agencies. She has been recognized for editorial excellence through her individual work, as well as for collaborative content. 

She is an active member of the American Public Transportation Association's Marketing and Communications Committee and serves as a Board Observer on the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) Board of Directors.  

She is a graduate of Drake University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a major in magazine journalism and a minor in business management.