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State Safety Oversight (SSO)
ODOT Rail Transit State Safety Oversight Program



Federal legislation requires each state to have and implement a State Safety and Security Oversight program for its rail transit systems. The ODOT Rail Transit Safety and Security Oversight Program fulfills this requirement. ODOT's Rail State Safety Oversight Program Standard (SSOPS) describes the program and defines the respective roles and responsibilities of ODOT, transit agencies and the FTA in its implementation.

§ 49 CFR Part 674.11 State Safety Oversight Program states:

"Within three years of April 15, 2016, every State that has a rail fixed guideway public transportation system must have a State Safety Oversight (SSO) program that has been approved by the Adminstrator.  FTA will audit each State's compliance at least triennially, consistent with 49 U.S.C. 5329 (e)(9)."

In August 2017, Governor John Kasich received a letter from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) approving and certifying Ohio's State Safety Oversight Program. Ohio is the first state to be approved and certified

Cincinnati StreetcarCincinnati Streetcar​ Click here to download or read the letter


The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) operates a rail transit system (Rapid Transit). The oldest portion of this system has been in operation since 1913. The Cincinnati Streetcar, a joint project of the City of Cincinnati and the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority​ (SORTA), began revenue service in September 2016. GCRTA and SORTA are required to submit a System Safety Program Plan (SSPP) and System Security Plan (SSP) to ODOT that complies with the requirements of the SSOPS.

Airport Rapid Station (Cleveland)Airport Rapid Station, Cleveland

As required by 49 CFR Part §674.13 (a)(7)

"At least once a year, the SSOA reports the status of the safely of each rail fixed guideway public transportation system to the Governor, the FTA, and the board of directors, or equivalent entity, of the rail fixed guideway public transportation system."

2015 Annual ODOT SSO Program Status Report

2016 Annual ODOT SSO Program Status Report

2017 Annual ODOT SSO Program Status Report

2018 Annual ODOT SSO Program Status Report​

2019 Annual ODOT SSO Program Status Report



American Public Transportation Association (APTA) - Federal Regulations - Safety & SecurityOnline
City of Cincinnati - Streetcar SafetyOnline
Federal Transit Administration (FTA) - Region 5Online
Federal Transit Administration (FTA) - Transit Safety & Oversight (TSO)Online
FEMA Student Identification SystemOnline
Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) - Rail safetyOnline
Homeland SecurityOnline
National Transportation Safety BoardOnline
Transportation Safety InstituteOnline



Jessyca Hayes
State Safety Oversight Program Manager
(614) 644-0300

Kevin Chandler
Contract Support Lead
(614) 946-3845

Don Eldredge
Contract Support
(614) 205-1837

Josh Gearhardt
Contract Support
(937) 216-2772