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Rail Transit Safety and Security

The CPUC has safety and security regulatory authority over all rail transit agencies (RTAs) in California, and works in cooperation with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the RTAs to enhance public safety and security. The CPUC’s Rail Transit Safety Branch (RTSB) implements the Commission’s program, and focuses on verification of compliance with the System Safety Program Plan, System Security Plans, and Safety Certification Plans of each RTA to ensure that these plans meet all state and federal rules and regulations. 

RTSB’s engineers and analysts conduct continuous review and safety oversight of design and construction of capital projects, operations, emergency response, accident reporting, and incident investigation.  The RTSB inspectors conduct on-site visits to inspect infrastructure and vehicles, monitor operations, evaluate maintenance practices, and other activities to identify noncompliance, safety concerns, and unsafe conditions. 

The CPUC also prescribes safety and security requirements for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of heavy rail transit, light-rail transit, trolleys, and funicular systems in its General Orders, and assures those are carried out through RTSB activities and Commission Resolutions and Decisions pertaining to rail transit matters. The CPUC ensures that all rail transit system extensions and new construction projects undergo a safety certification review and approval.


Safety and Security Reviews

Reports summarizing comprehensive safety and security reviews of rail transit agencies conducted by CPUC staff


Rail Transit Incidents Overview

Number of rail transit incidents, injuries and fatalities


Rail Transit Citation Program

Provides information about CPUC's rail transit citation program and CPUC's citation appeal program


2014 CPUC Annual Report: Rail Transit

Some highlights of Rail Transit Safety Section activity in 2014


Rail Transit Safety Rules and Regulations

Rules and regulations about rail transit safety and security


Websites on Rail Transit

Websites of rail transit agencies and other government agencies involved in rail transit safety


Rail Transit Safety Branch Contacts

List of Names, responsibilities, mailing address, phone number, and email address for Rail Transit Safety Branch staff


OSHA Factsheet on Whistleblowers
Read the “Whistleblower Protection for Public Transportation Agency Workers” factsheet prepared by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).



Last Modified: 11/23/2015

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