Public safety on the agenda for upcoming rail transit partnership
Longevity to focus efforts across 11 states
Since 1964, the FTA has partnered with state and local governments to create and enhance public transportation systems, investing more than $12 billion annually to support and expand public rail, bus, trolley, ferry and other transit services. Longevity is partnering with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Office of Safety Review to conduct annual audits of State Safety Oversight (SSO) and support their technology modernization efforts.
Begin in March 2021, Longevity will audit rail transit systems in Oregon, Michigan, Minnesota, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, Arkansas, North Carolina, Louisiana, Wisconsin, and Oklahoma.
“The DOT is making huge strides in the modernization of their public transportation systems,” said Eric Thompson, chief financial officer of Longevity Consulting. “This will bring about major change, which will be felt by every public transit user across the nation. We expect this to produce a wide impact and lasting effects on the safety of passengers on rail systems across the country.”
The audit will consist of a multitude of facets including (but not limited to) interviews, inspections, data analysis, trainings, workshops and conferences to guarantee that all transit systems are operating in accordance to FTA regulations and requirements
About Federal Transit Administration
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) provides financial and technical assistance to local public transit systems, including buses, subways, light rail, commuter rail, trolleys and ferries. FTA also oversees safety measures and helps develop next-generation technology research. Transit services supported by FTA span many groups and provide wide-ranging benefits. Since 1964, FTA has partnered with state and local governments to create and enhance public transportation systems, investing more than $12 billion annually to support and expand public rail, bus, trolley, ferry and other transit services. That investment has helped modernize public transportation and extended service into small cities and rural communities that previously lacked transit options.
Updated in December 2020.