The Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA) required each state to establish a Safety Management System (SMS). This statewide coordinated safety management process was expected to further increase the already high levels of safety on the Nation's highways. ISTEA established definitions and guidelines as to what states must do to meet this new requirement. However, the legislation recognized the uniqueness of each state and, as a result, was not unduly prescriptive. The years immediately following the enactment of ISTEA witnessed the development of state work plans as the states attempted to create SMSs consistent with the legislative requirement. In 1995, the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Transportation Safety Management surveyed the states to gain a national perspective on the progress toward implementation of the SMS mandate. This Circular summarizes the Committee's findings. The results of the survey provide a snapshot of where the states stood in 1995 as they attempted to establish Safety Management Systems.


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  • Features: Appendices; Tables;
  • Pagination: 65 p.
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00721421
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: May 10 1996 12:00AM