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Multimodal Transportation Resources Rail Safety/Regulatory Unit - RTA Fixed Rail Oversight

James K. Polk Building, Suite 1800
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone: (615) 253-1030
Gary Ferguson, Transportation Planner

RTA Fixed Rail Oversight

The Rail Safety Oversight program oversees freight and commuter rail and also rail fixed guideway systems (RFGS).  Commonly referred to as rail transit agencies (RTA), RFGS include any heavy,  light or rapid transit system, monorail, inclined plane, trolley, or automated guideway for the movement of passengers that is not regulated by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).

TDOT and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) oversee the safety and security standards of two RTAs:
Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA)

  • Lookout Mountain Incline Railway

Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA)

  • Memphis Trolley

As mandated by the FTA (49 CFR Part 659.15), TDOT has developed a System Safety Program Standard (SSPS) that governs the conduct of the oversight program at the state oversight agency and provides guidance to the regulated rail transit properties concerning processes and procedures they must have in place in order to be in compliance with the state safety oversight program. The TDOT SSPS can be seen below. 

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Never go around lowered gates or flashing lights. It is illegal, and they are there for your safety. Lowered gates mean a train is just a few seconds away.