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  State Safety Oversight Agency (SSOA)


Program Standards


This section of the “Program Documents Standards and Procedures” introduces the State of New Jersey Department of Transportation’s (NJDOT) Office of Fixed Guideway Safety Security Oversight Agency (FGSSOA or SSOA), its authority, organization, and designated point-of contact, as well as the “Fixed Guideway Transit Systems” (FGTS) or “Rail Transit Systems” (RTS) that are a part of the oversight program, the SSOA’s provisions regarding conflict of interest, and the definitions used by the SSOA in managing the program.

This document describes the NJDOT program for addressing regulations promulgated by the Federal Transportation Administration (FTA), and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for those systems using shared track operations. These regulations establish minimum requirements for safety and security programs at each FGTS/RTS within the state’s jurisdiction.

The SSOA according to 49 CFR Part 659 and N.J.A.C. 16:53E develops and distributes a program standard to each FGTS/RTS operating in the State of New Jersey. This program standard and any referenced program procedures or processes must be submitted to the FTA as part of the Initial Submission (Part 659.39). Subsequent revisions and updates must be submitted to the FTA as part of the oversight agency’s Annual Submission (§659.15).

As of April 29, 2005, the FTA published revisions to 49 CFR Part 659: Rail Fixed Guideway Systems: State Safety Security Oversight; Final Rule (Part 659). The effective date of the rule is May 31, 2005. The compliance date of the revised Rule is May 1, 2006. Each state with an existing or anticipated rail fixed guideway system regulated by Part 659 is required to designate an oversight agency. For a rail fixed guideway system that will operate in only one state, the state must designate an agency of the state, other than the FGTS/RTS, as the oversight agency to implement the requirements in the Rule. The state’s designation or re-designation of its oversight agency and submission of required information are subject to review by the FTA. States which have designated oversight agencies for purposes of the Rule before May 31, 2005, are not required to re-designate to the FTA [§659.9 (a), (b)]. In cases of a rail fixed guideway system that will operate in more than one state, each affected state must designate an agency of the state, other than the FGTS/RTS, as the oversight agency to implement the requirements in the Rule. To fulfill this requirement, the affected states: (1) May agree to designate one agency of the state, or an agency representative of all states, to implement the requirements in the rule; and (2) In the event multiple states share oversight responsibilities for a rail fixed guideway system, the states must ensure that the rail fixed guideway system is subject to a single program standard, adopted by all affected states [§659.9 (e)].

NJDOT Rail Transit State Safety Oversight (SSO) Program
Standard (SSOPS)
(pdf 11.6m)


 
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