bdawe wrote:I was also under the impression that the FTA wasn't a regulatory agency, rather a funding agency like the FHA, and while they might whithhold support form operations they do not approve of, they don't regulate directly like the FRAFTA is mostly a funding agency in support of public transit. But it also regulates mass transit systems the FRA doesn't. This link provides a better explanation than I will ever be able to give:
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One type of short-haul passenger service requires special treatment under the safety statutes: “rapid transit operations in an urban area.” Only these operations are excluded from FRA’s jurisdiction, and only if they are “not connected to the general railroad system.”I would like to add that the FRA is the agency that determines whether their regulations or FTA regulations are enforced on any rail mass transit system.
FTA’s rules on rail fixed guideway systems (49 CFR part 659) apply to any rapid transit systems or portions thereof not subject to FRA’s rules.