The Federal Transit Administration said it has certified rail transit state safety oversight programs for Massachusetts and Hawaii, narrowing the list of states that must complete that process ahead of a 2019 deadline.
FTA Acting Administrator K. Jane Williams said that "Massachusetts and Hawaii are among the early first states to achieve SSO program certification to strengthen oversight of rail transit passenger and worker safety for rail transit systems in those states."
The announcement noted that in Massachusetts the Department of Public Utilities is responsible for providing safety oversight of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. And in Hawaii, the state Department of Transportation is responsible for safety oversight of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation.
They join four others that have already completed the certification process – Ohio, Minnesota, Utah and the District of Columbia.
But the FTA said 30 states remain that must obtain certification in the next 13 months to avoid a halt in federal transit funding. Of them, three states still need legislative or executive action before they can advance further in the certification process. They are New York, Oklahoma, and Tennessee, the FTA said.
An FTA table showing certification status as of March 19 also showed that Colorado and Virginia have their oversight programs under review. The table detailed how much federal transit funding states receive, and which would be jeopardized if they fail to meet the compliance deadline.
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