Transit Safety

State Safety Oversight

Illinois State Safety Oversight Program

The Federal Transit Administration requires safety and security oversight in the states that have rail fixed guideway public transportation systems. Illinois has two such systems, the Chicago Transit Authority, operating in the six-county metropolitan Chicago area, and MetroLink light rail system operating in St. Clair County. In states where rail fixed guideway public transportation systems operate, the state is responsible for designating a State Safety Oversight Agency to fulfill the State Safety Oversight requirements. IDOT began coordinating SSOA activities with FTA shortly after being designated the state’s SSOA in 2014. Effective July 1, 2016, IDOT assumed all SSOA responsibilities from Regional Transit Authority with regard to oversight of CTA. On Jan. 1, 2017, IDOT assumed all SSOA responsibilities from the St. Clair County Transit District with regard to MetroLink. 

IDOT’s SSO program fulfills the Federal Transit Administration State Safety Oversight rule (49 CFR Part 659), which requires states to oversee the safety and security of rail fixed guideway systems through a designated oversight agency. This FTA rule implemented a provision in the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (49 U.S.C. 5330). IDOT is in the process of enacting legislation to comply with federal rules required by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act of 2012 and the revised State Safety Oversight rule codified as 49 CFR Part 674.

Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)

CTACTA is a multi-modal transit system that operates fixed-route bus and rail transit services, and is the second largest public transportation system in the United States. It is the third busiest heavy-rail transit system in the country, with approximately 782,000 average weekday boardings. CTA’s rail system consists of eight rail lines, named by color and extending in all directions from downtown Chicago, and provides service to both of Chicago’s international airports.

Bi-State Development MetroLink

Metro Link

The BSD MetroLink public transportation system serves approximately 1.5 million residents of St. Clair County, Ill., and the metropolitan region of St. Louis. The MetroLink light-rail system is owned and operated by the BSD of the Missouri-Illinois Metropolitan District, known as Metro. Metro also manages the Regional MetroBus system, the Metro Call-a-Ride paratransit service, the St. Louis Downtown Airport and the tram system inside the St. Louis Gateway Arch.

 Photo: www.billburmaster.com/railroad/metrolink (St. Louis)