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State Safety Oversight

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) created the State Safety Oversight (SSO) Program to improve rail transit safety and security.

Rail Fixed-Guideway Systems (RFGS) affected by this program include any light, heavy, or rapid rail system, monorail, inclined plane, funicular, trolley or automated guideway operating within the state's jurisdiction that:

  • is not regulated by the Federal Railroad Administration
  • is included in FTA's calculation of fixed-guideway route miles or receives funding under FTA's formula program for urbanized areas (49 U.S.C. 5336) or
  • has submitted documentation to FTA indicating its intent to be included in FTA's calculation of fixed-guideway route miles to receive funding under FTA's formula program for urbanized areas (49 U.S.C. 5336)

Detailed information about the program can be found in the State Safety and Security Oversight Program Standard.

Rail Transit Agencies

There are currently two RFGS's subject to the provisions of the SSO program:

Name Address
Dallas Area Rapid Transit 1401 Pacific Ave.
Dallas, TX 75202
Metropolitan Transit Authority
of Harris County
1900 Main St.,
Houston, TX 77208