Government Issues

House approves creation of WMATA safety commission

Posted on July 19, 2017

eli patwood
eli patwood

WASHINGTON, D.C. — By a 399 to five vote, the House approved legislation that gives the go-ahead for a new safety watchdog to be created to oversee the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), WPXI reports.

After a series of critical lapses, the Obama Administration directed the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in late 2015 to oversee safety for WMATA, but the federal government's move to assume safety oversight was designed as a temporary measure.

To provide a longer-term solution, the FTA required that Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia establish an effective safety monitor, and lawmakers in those jurisdictions have already approved legislation to create the new safety commission.

The passage of the resolution giving Congress's consent is now the final piece in creating the commission. However, the federal transit agency will continue to oversee safety until it determines that the new entity is capable of meeting its responsibilities. For the full story, click here.

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

More News

House bill would provide $2.6B for PTC implementation

Amtrak promised PTC will be installed and activated on the Cascades line “during the third quarter of 2018,” in a letter last week from CEO Richard Anderson to Washington and Oregon transportation directors.

New Flyer, FTA partner for L.A. Metro research project

The project team is responsible for evaluation of cost-effectiveness and practicality of selected collision-mitigation solutions.

T&I Chairman Shuster to step down at end of 2018

Plans to devote his final year to pushing for an infrastructure bill, an initiative both parties have said is long overdue.

Uber to be regulated as taxi operator, EU court decides

Uber argued that its app acts an intermediary between drivers and passengers and should fall under lighter rules.

Nashville Mayor files bill for May transportation referendum

Mayor Barry wants to raise four taxes, including the sales tax, to create dedicated funding for a far-reaching mass transit proposal that includes light rail.

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 number 1 resource for vocational 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