PennTRAIN: SMS Principles for Transit

  • 03/04/2020
  • 8:00 AM
  • 03/06/2020
  • 12:00 PM
  • Capital Area Transit (CAT) in Harrisburg, PA
  • 5


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Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 8 AM to 4:30 PM
Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 8 AM to 4:30 PM
Friday, March 6, 2020 - 8 AM to 12 Noon

This course includes an introduction to the principles and 4 components of a Safety Management System (SMS): Safety Policy, Safety Risk, Safety Assurance, and Safety Promotion. Building upon traditional transit system safety, participants will learn about FTA's SMS framework which includes executive leadership and accountability for safety, creating a positive safety culture, preventive risk analysis, and building an effective employee safety reporting program. At the end of this course, participants will have a greater awareness of critical safety practices which are available through SMS integration with transit system safety, including practical applications and exercises to begin SMS implementation.

Course Elements:

  • Introduction to SMS and FTA's rationale for the adoption of SMS
  • FTA's SMS Framework (including sub-components)
  • Evolution in Safety Thinking
  • Safety Management Policy
  • Safety Risk Management
  • Safety Assurance
  • Safety Promotion
  • Employee Safety Reporting System
  • Getting Started with SMS Implementation
  • Pretest, quizzes, group exercises, and final exam

Prerequisite Information

In early November 2019, the Federal Transit Administration announced an executive decision that all SMS Principles for Transit participants must complete TSI's one-hour online course on SMS Awareness before attending the instructor-led course. This course is free to access and is available on-demand to complete at your convenience. 

TSI SMS Awareness

Presented by: Transportation Safety Institute (TSI)

Who Should Attend: Senior Transit Directors/C.E.O.’s/Administrators, Safety Managers and Supervisors, Operations and Maintenance Managers/Supervisors, Operator Trainers, Risk Managers, Collision Investigators, FTA-State Safety Oversight personnel (SSO), Internal Safety Auditors, Human Resource Managers, Board of Directors and City Council Members with transit oversight

Cost: $149. PPTA cancellation policy applies.

Parking: Free parking is available at Capital Area Transit.

Lodging: PennTRAIN has secured a block of rooms at the TownePlace Suites Harrisburg Hershey, located at 450 Friendship Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111. Rooms are available at a discounted rate of $117 per night, plus taxes and fees, for the nights of March 3, 4, & 5. Click here to book online, or call 717-558-0200 to book over the phone (mention PPTA to secure the discounted rate). Rooms will be released on February 12.

Meals: The TownePlace Suites provides a complimentary hot breakfast for overnight guests. Lunch and breaks will be provided during the training. Please inform Sara Bowden at of any dietary restrictions at least one week in advance.

Attire: Casual. Because it can be a challenge to keep the meeting room at a temperature that accommodates everyone, we recommend bringing a sweater or jacket to stay comfortable.

Attendance Cap: 24

Capital Area Transit is located at:
901 N Cameron St, Harrisburg, PA 17101

Pennsylvania Public Transportation Association is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. 115 Pine Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101

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