July 26, 2018 - ProgressiveRailroading.com -

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has certified transit-rail state safety oversight (SSO) programs in Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas and Wisconsin.

Federal law requires states with transit-rail operation systems to obtain certification of their SSO programs by April 15, 2019. In total, 28 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are required to obtain the certification.

Meanwhile, the Texas Department of Transportation will provide safety oversight for light-rail systems operated by Dallas Area Rapid Transit and Houston METRO. The department also will oversee streetcar systems in El Paso and Dallas, as well as a trolley line in Galveston.

Read more: https://www.progressiverailroading.com/safety/news/FTA-clears-rail-safety-oversight-programs-in-four-more-states--55210?