About us

The Center for Urban Transportation Research established the National Transit Safety Research and Assistance Center as a comprehensive transit safety resource for the public transportation industry The Center employs a number of methods to successfully provide resources to public transportation providers, local and state governments, the private sector, and other transit stakeholders to improve public transportation safety in the United States. The focus areas include operational and vehicle related safety topics, human factors, and substance abuse management. Technical assistance and training aspects are structured to provide ample support to transit agencies that are transitioning to a Safety Management Systems approach to safety as well as those agencies responding to MAP-21 and corresponding regulations, guidelines, and other directives issued by the Federal Transit Administration.  The site also serves as a point of information exchange and public notice for the activities of CUTR’s National Transit Standards Working Group.

We hope this Center will become a trusted primary source for the tools and resources that will help you implement and maintain your transit safety programs.

Working Group Meetings

The following Working Group meetings have been conducted. You can view the agendas and presentations for each of the following meetings listed below.

Working Group Partners


Working Group Members

Top Row Left to Right: James Dougherty, K & J Consulting Services, Inc.; James Tucci, K & J Consulting Services, Inc.; Jeffrey Hiott, APTA; Collin Mulloy, HART; Ni Lee, BART; Ruben Peña, TTCI; Lisa Staes, CUTR; Firdausi (Dose) Irani, TTCI; Jodi Godfrey, CUTR; Rino Saliceto, CUTR; Jill Hough, NDSU/CUTR; and Anna Rakoczy, TTCI

Bottom Row Left to Right: Ron Nickle, MBTA; Brian Alberts, APTA; Susan Hausmann, TxDOT; Abhay (“AJ”) Joshi, MARTA; Rich Czeck, GCRTA; Kurt Wilkinson, TriMet; Paul Goyette, LeeTran; Vijay Khawani, LA Metro; MaryClara (“MC”) Jones, TTCI; and Charlie Dickson, CTAA

Not Pictured: Will Jones, Greeley-Evans Transit (CO); Ed Watt, ATU; Jim Fox, SEPTA; Pat Lavin, WMATA; and Stephan Parker, TRB