• 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.

    On August 3, 2016, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Fox sent a letter to Governor Brown asking that all states attain Federal Transit Administration-approved safety certification for rail transit safety programs.  The CPUC's rail transit program is one of only two programs in the nation that is already certified based on the CPUC's existing rail transit safety oversight jurisdiction and the technical capacity of our program.


  • 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
     

    2015 CPUC Annual Report: Rail Transit
    Some highlights of Rail Transit Safety Branch activities in 2015
     

    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)
     


     


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  • CPUC also regulates the safety of both publicly and privately owned railroad and rail transit companies/agencies, and rail crossings.