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.

  • Upcoming Meeting: February 27-28, 2019, FTA Headquarters, Washington, DC
  • November 14-15, 2018, CUTR, Tampa, FL
  • July 17-18, 2018, SEPTA, Philadelphia, PA
  • February 21-22, 2018, MARTA, Atlanta, GA Agenda | Presentation
  • November 2-3, 2017, CUTR, Tampa, FL Agenda | Presentation
  • June 28-29, 2017, TTCI, Pueblo, CO Agenda | Presentation
  • February 15-16, 2017, CUTR, Tampa, FL Agenda | Presentation

Working Group Partners


Working Group Members

Back Row: Jim Bartell, FTA; Alex Keylin, TTCI; Ron Nickle, MBTA; Paul Goyette, LeeTran; Patrick Lavin, WMATA; MaryClara (“MC”) Jones, TTCI; Rich Czeck, GCRTA; Susan Hausmann, TxDOT; Patrick Moore, City of Greely; David Davis, TTCI; Kurt Wilkinson, TriMet; Abhay (“AJ”) Joshi, MARTA; and Dose Irani, TTCI

Middle Row: Lisa Staes, CUTR; James Tucci, K&J Consulting Services, Inc.; Narayana Sundaram, APTA; Brian Alberts, APTA; Collin Mulloy, HART; Jill Hough, NDSU/CUTR; Robyn Kibler, CUTR; Clark Calabrese, Volpe; and Dennis Hinebaugh, CUTR

Front Row: James Dougherty, K&J Consulting Services, Inc.; Raj Wagley, FTA; Vijay Khawani, LA Metro; Ni Lee, BART; Robin Phillips, National RTAP; and Jodi Godfrey, CUTR