Rail Transit Safety Branch Information in CPUC Annual Report

The 2018 CPUC Annual Report, in Chapter 5 titled 2018: The Year in Review, under the “Top Rail Safety Issues” provides the following accomplishments for the Rail Transit Safety Branch.

2018 CPUC Annual Report: Top Rail Transit Branch Issues

FTA Certification of CPUC's Rail Transit Safety Program - Federal law requires that states with Rail Fixed Guideway Public Transportation Systems establish a State Safety Oversight program approved by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) no later than April 15, 2019. The CPUC adopted GO 164-E (Rules and Regulations Governing State Safety Oversight of Rail Fixed Guideway Systems) and Resolution L-569 regarding CPUC’s financial independence from Rail Transit Agencies it oversees, along with other actions, to meet the requirements for FTA certification. On April 30, 2018 the CPUC submitted its Application to the FTA and obtained certification in October.

Federal Transit Administration State Safety Oversight Grant - On July 25, 2018 CPUC executed its fourth annual grant award from the FTA, bringing the total of FTA grant awards to over $17 million.

FTA Audit of CPUC's Rail Transit Safety Program - FTA conducted its triennial audit of CPUC’s Rail Transit Safety Program on March 5 – 15, 2018. FTA’s audit found four outstanding items. Staff p provided documentation to demonstrate it had addressed the items prior to receipt of the draft FTA report. As a result, the FTA final report concluded the CPUC had addressed four findings and closed its audit.

BART Fine (I.16-06-010) - On October 11, 2018, the CPUC fined the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) $1.3 million for safety failures that led to a train striking and killing two BART workers in 2013. This is the largest fine the CPUC has levied against a public agency for safety violations. CPUC stayed – that is, put on hold – half of the fine contingent on BART complying with CPUC safety directives during a three-year probationary period.

Triennial Safety and Security Audits - CPUC Staff conducted comprehensive Triennial Safety and Security Audits of rail transit systems of the San Diego Trolley, Inc., San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, and the North (San Diego) County Transit District during 2018. Additionally, CPUC Staff continued the process of finalizing the triennial audit reports for the safety and security triennial audits of BART, Sacramento Regional Transit, and Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, which were conducted in late 2017.



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