September 9, 2020

Federal Transit Administration Raises Random Drug Testing Rates


Federal Transit Administration Raises Random Drug Testing Rates to 50% for 2019

The Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced their random drug and alcohol testing rates for 2019. Effective January 1, 2019, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the United States Coast Guard raised the random drug testing rates from 25% to 50%.  If your city has FTA employees, which includes any public transit system employees, be certain the city drug testing policy reflects this change. The random alcohol testing rate remains unchanged for these employees at 10%.  All other federally regulated employee rates also remain unchanged. 

Below are the 2019 testing rates for federally regulated employees commonly found in cities:


2019 Random Drug Testing Rate

2019 Random Alcohol Testing Rate

Federal Motor Carrier Administration



Federal Transit Administration



Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration



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