Transit Safety Performance Management

Federal regulations require covered Public Transportation Providers and State Departments of Transportation (DOT’s) to establish Safety Performance Targets to address the Safety Performance Measures identified in the National Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (49 CFR § 673.11(a)(3)). Additionally, once Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) receive the Transit Safety Performance Targets from the local Public Transportation Providers they are also required to establish Transit Safety Targets for the MPO Planning Area.

Public Transportation Providers, State DOTs and MPO are required to establish seven safety performance targets for the four safety performance measures. These seven targets must also be set for each “mode” a Public Transportation Provider is responsible for. The modes the Public Transportation Provider in the Jackson MPO planning area is responsible for include both fixed bus route and non-fixed bus route service. Therefore, seven targets will be established for each of these modes. The following are the targets that must be established:

Number of Fatalities:  The total number of reportable fatalities by mode.

Rate of Fatalities: The rate of reportable fatalities per total Vehicle Revenue Miles (VRM) (in 100 thousand VRM) by mode.

Number of Injuries: The total number of reportable injuries by mode.

Rate of Injuries:  The rate of reportable injuries per total Vehicle Revenue Miles (VRM) (in 100 thousand VRM) by mode.

Number of Safety Events: The total number of reportable safety events by mode.

Rate of Safety Events: The rate of reportable safety events per total Vehicle Revenue Miles (VRM) (in 100 thousand VRM) by mode.

System Reliability: Mean distance between major mechanical failures by mode.

When do MPOs establish Transit Safety Performance Targets?

The City of Jackson, which operates JATRAN, is the designated Public Transportation Provider in the Jackson MPO planning area and is responsible for developing a Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (PTASP) which must include Safety Performance Targets. MPO’s must establish Transit Safety Targets specific to the MPO planning area within 180 days of receiving the targets from the Public Transportation Provider. When establishing Transit Safety Performance Targets, the MPO may support the Public Transportation Providers targets or establish its own targets for the metropolitan planning area. 

How are Transit Safety Performance Targets reported? Public Transportation Providers and State DOTs are required to update and report their Transit Safety Performance Targets to the Federal Transit Administration annually in their Public Transportation Agency Safety Plan (PTASP) report.  MPOs are not required to set new targets annually, but can choose to revisit their safety performance targets based on the schedule to prepare their system performance report that is part of the Metropolitan Transportation Plan. The Jackson MPO updates its Metropolitan Transportation Plan every five years.

Baseline Data

Performance Measure

Mode

Trend

5-yr Average

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Number of Fatalities

Fixed Bus Route

0

0

0

0

0

0

Non-Fixed Route Bus

0

0

0

0

0

0

Rate of Fatalities per 100,000 Total Vehicle Revenue Miles

Fixed Bus Route

0

0

0

0

0

0

Non-Fixed Route Bus

0

0

0

0

0

0

Number of Injuries

Fixed Bus Route

3

8

10

2

2

5

Non-Fixed Route Bus

0

5

7

4

2

4

Rate of Injuries per 100,000 Total Vehicle Revenue Miles

Fixed Bus Route

0.4

1.1

1.5

0.3

0.3

0.7

Non-Fixed Route Bus

0.0

1.8

2.1

1.1

.52

1.1

Number of Safety Events

Fixed Bus Route

4

8

13

2

2

5.8

Non-Fixed Route Bus

0

4

9

5

2

4.0

Rate of Safety Events per 100,000 Total Vehicle revenue Miles

Fixed Bus Route

0.5

1.1

2.0

.26

.27

0.8

Non-Fixed Route Bus

0.0

1.4

2.7

1.4

.52

1.2

Mean Distance Between Major Mechanical Failures

Fixed Bus Route

124,026

53,321

82,484

60,162

92,827

82,564

Non-Fixed Route Bus

332,338

39,415

84,697

59,298

76,990

118,548

2020-2025 Transit Safety Targets

Jackson MPO Transit Safety Performance Targets

Performance Measure

Mode

MPO 2025 Target

Number of Fatalities

Fixed Bus Route

0

Non-Fixed Route Bus

0

Rate of Fatalities per 100,000 Total Vehicle Revenue Miles

Fixed Bus Route

0

Non-Fixed Route Bus

0

Number of Injuries

Fixed Bus Route

5

Non-Fixed Route Bus

4

Rate of Injuries per 100,000 Total Vehicle Revenue Miles

Fixed Bus Route

0.7

Non-Fixed Route Bus

1.1

Number of Safety Events

Fixed Bus Route

5.8

Non-Fixed Route Bus

4.0

Rate of Safety Events per 100,000 Total Vehicle Revenue Miles

Fixed Bus Route

0.8

Non-Fixed Route Bus

1.2

Mean Distance Between Major Mechanical Failures

Fixed Bus Route

78,491

Non-Fixed Route Bus

73,662

Resources
Resolution Establishing the Jackson MPO’s Transit Safety Performance Targets

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