Most Wanted List Subject of March NTSB Meeting

The National Transportation Safety Board announced Monday its intent to hold a public board meeting March 9, 2021, 9:30 a.m. (EST) to finalize its 2021 – 2022 Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements.

The NTSB’s Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements is a communication strategy through which the agency identifies its top safety improvements that when made will prevent accidents, reduce the number and severity of injuries, and save lives.

The NTSB previously held media briefings to roll out its Most Wanted List, however, in response to a GAO report calling for more transparency in the development of the list, the NTSB opted to return to the board meeting as one way to help stakeholders, advocacy partners, recommendation recipients and the traveling public understand how and why the 2021 – 2022 list was created.

“From 1990 through 2010 the Most Wanted List was finalized during board meetings,” said Nicholas Worrell, Chief of the NTSB’s Advocacy Division. “In 2011 we reimagined the Most Wanted List and in 2012 we adopted an electronic voting process for the board, which reduced the amount of time and resources necessary to develop the list. In 2018 the GAO audited the NTSB’s process for determining the Most Wanted List and recommended we better document and communicate our decisions about the list. The return to holding a board meeting to finalize the list reflects our commitment to those recommendations,” said Worrell.

In keeping with established federal and local social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, while also ensuring the NTSB’s compliance with the Government in the Sunshine Act, the board meeting for the Most Wanted List will be webcast to the public, with the board members and NTSB staff meeting virtually.  There will be no physical gathering to facilitate the board meeting.

The board meeting to be held on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 9:30 a.m., will be webcast only, there will not be a public gathering of NTSB staff or board members. A link to the webcast will be available shortly before the start of the meeting at