Government Issues

NTSB closes 7 D.C. Metro safety recommendations

Posted on November 7, 2013

Photo courtesy Larry Levine, Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority
Photo courtesy Larry Levine, Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) closed seven more of Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority’s (Metro) outstanding safety recommendations, bringing the total number of recommendations closed to 20 out of 29.

“The closure of seven recommendations by the NTSB continues our steady progress toward making the system safer for riders and employees,” said Metro GM Richard Sarles. “With the hard work of our employees and continued funding support from our stakeholders, we will stay on our path to bring all safety recommendations to closure.”

The seven recommendations recently closed by NTSB are:

  • R-07-025 Ensure appropriate coordination between all departments responsible for maintenance and design to resolve issues before new equipment is purchased.

  • R-07-026 Establish a single point of responsibility within [Car Maintenance] to quickly evaluate and incorporate actions identified through accident investigations or related research.
  • R-07-027 Establish a written procedure regarding rail lubrication for single-track operations over switch, turnouts.
  • R-08-001 Review and update [operating rules] to provide for layers of protection for roadway worker – adding requirements for briefings, scope and duties, acknowledgement from trains.
  • R-09-010 To all transit properties – Review medical history and physical examination forms and modify them as necessary to elicit information regarding sleep apnea or other sleep disorders.
  • R-09-11 To all transit properties – Establish a program to identify operators who are at high risk for obstructive sleep disorders and require that such operators by appropriately evaluated and treated.
  • R-10-11 Completely remove unnecessary wayside maintenance communication system to eliminate potential for interference with automatic train control system


Of the remaining nine recommendations, four have been submitted to NTSB for closure. The remaining five recommendations involve longer-duration projects — such as replacement of all 1000-series cars — that are in progress, but will require additional time to complete.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Senator calls for increased public transit security

Sen. Richard Blumenthal made his first the call for more security in May during the TSA administrator’s confirmation hearing. He said the security and safety enhancement were mandated by Congress in 2007, but are still not implemented.

Phoenix voters approve sales tax increase to fund transportation

Elements of the plan include building an additional 42 miles of light rail throughout the city, providing late night bus and Dial-a-Ride service citywide and repaving over 680 miles of arterial streets.

L.A. gives final approval for Uber, Lyft pick ups at LAX

The council agreed to explore a possible city ordinance to require ride-hailing driver background checks to include fingerprint-based screening.

Report IDs employment 'hot spots' in transportation sector

It also identifies good-paying, high-demand transportation jobs and analyzes the patterns in the education and work experience required for entry, including on-the-job training requirements for new entrants to gain full competency.

Calif. transit agencies say fed grants blocked over pension reform law

The agencies thought they had won a federal court victory late last year, when a judge ruled that the state law did not violate a federal prohibition against interfering with public employees' collective bargaining rights, but the Labor Department is still enforcing the rule.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The resource for managers of class 1-7 truck Fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close