Academics Sought for Transit Rail Safety Panel

The Federal Transit Administration's advisory committee will meet twice a year. FTA's administrator now wants to add professionals who have done academic research in safety.

The Federal Transit Administration's administrator is seeking applications by May 27 from academics who want to serve on the Transit Rail Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS). The panel was formed last year and now has 21 members; FTA's administrator now wants to add professionals who have done academic research in safety.

The committee meets twice a year, usually in Washington, D.C., but may meet more frequently or via conference call if the need arises, according to the FTA notice.

For information, contact Bruce Walker, acting designated federal officer in the FTA Office of Safety and Security, at 202-366-0235 or Bruce.Walker@dot.gov. Applications should be submitted to TRACS@dot.gov or mailed to the Federal Transit Administration, Office of Safety and Security, Room E46-338, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20590.

The nominees should be knowledgeable of the rail transit industry and have conducted research on emerging trends or issues related to rail transit safety; Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff will make the final selections.

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