These FAQs do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. These FAQs are intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies. FTA recipients and subrecipients should refer to FTA’s statutes and regulations for applicable requirements.
Yes, an SSO agency may use existing federal grant funds for reimbursement of operational and administrative costs incurred during the development of its SSO Program. Since 2013, FTA has provided approximately $112.4 million in SSO formula grant funds to help states develop and implement an SSO Program that meets federal requirements.
No. The SSO rule requires only those states – 30 in total – which operate rail transit systems to establish and certify an SSO Program. The SSO Certification Map identifies those states that are required to establish an SSO Program.
The status table is updated if any state has a change of status. The date of the last update is posted on the table.
To achieve FTA certification, an SSO Program must meet several federal statutory requirements. To help clarify the SSO Program requirements, FTA distributed a Certification Toolkit to every SSO agency. The toolkit details the six SSO Program categories that each state is required to meet:
SSO Agency independence
General program requirements
Investigations and audits
SSO staffing, training, and qualification
The status table provides a snapshot of the SSO certification process in four stages: Stage 1 – State is working on its submission to FTA Stage 2 – State has submitted some requirements to FTA. Stage 3 – State has submitted all required documents to FTA and is engaged with FTA to address comments and questions. Where applicable, all required legislation has been enacted. Stage 4 (Certified) – State has successfully met all SSO Program requirements, including the resources to carry out the requirements, and has received FTA certification.
If a state fails to meet the certification deadline, the FTA is prohibited by federal transportation law from obligating funds to any public transportation system or program throughout that entire state until certification is achieved.
April 15, 2019. This deadline was established by the SSO final rule, pursuant to federal law. FTA is prohibited by federal transportation law from granting waivers or extensions to the deadline.
As of June 19, 2017, there were nine states that still require legislative action prior to FTA certification: Hawaii, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.
No. The FTA is prohibited by federal transportation law from from granting waivers or extensions to the April 15, 2019 deadline.