Security and Safety

FTA approves WMATA plan to address safety issues

Posted on September 25, 2015

EliPatwood
EliPatwood

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) approved the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) corrective action plan to improve the safety of its Metrorail and Metrobus systems as required by an FTA Safety Directive. FTA now calls on WMATA to provide unwavering focus and attention to effectively implement the plan and better provide the level of safety its passengers and workers deserve.

“WMATA must demonstrate a renewed commitment to set a higher standard of safety for its riders and employees,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx. “This plan is an opportunity for WMATA to make lasting changes and restore public confidence in its system.”

Using the new safety oversight authorities established under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act of 2012 (MAP-21), FTA conducted a Safety Management Inspection (SMI) in the spring of 2015 and evaluated WMATA’s operations and maintenance programs, safety management capabilities, and organizational structures to assess compliance with WMATA’s own procedures and rules, federal regulations and FTA Safety Advisories. The SMI revealed several areas of organizational deficiency and operational concerns and included 54 safety findings, 44 for Metrorail and 10 for Metrobus.

In June 2015, FTA issued a Safety Directive to WMATA detailing 91 required actions to address the safety concerns identified by the SMI, including 78 actions to be completed by Metrorail and 13 by Metrobus. The Safety Directive also directed WMATA to submit for FTA approval a corrective action plan to address each of the required actions.

“It is critical that WMATA effectively implement its corrective action plan,” said FTA Acting Administrator Therese McMillan. “And on a broader scale, to truly manage its safety risk on an ongoing basis, WMATA must demonstrate strong and consistent leadership, combined with a strong safety culture throughout its organization.”

McMillan stressed that the WMATA board of directors and its management team must closely monitor the time and resources made available to carry out this corrective action plan, particularly for those items related to the Rail Operations Control Center, employee safety training and system maintenance, including increasing track time for maintenance work.

The FTA will closely track and monitor WMATA’s implementation progress. A required action will be closed only after WMATA has met related performance measures and FTA can verify that WMATA has demonstrated its successful implementation. In addition, FTA will consult with WMATA’s State Safety Oversight Agency, the Tri-State Oversight Committee, before closing required actions related to Metrorail.

Under the approved plan submitted by WMATA, most of the 91 required actions will be completed during the 2015-2017 time period, with a few actions extending into 2019.

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

More News

Officials mull using Madison buses for texting-while-driving surveillance

The plan, contigent on a federal grant, would give deputies the ability to search for distracted drivers from a higher vantage point.

APTA announces annual rail safety award winners

The Rail Safety & Security Excellent Awards recognizes exceptional safety and security programs for rail systems in North America.

Man arrested after suspicious backpack scare at Portland rail station

Police said the backpack contained no explosives, however, items were protruding from the backpack to make it look dangerous.

BART police sharing crime data with website to boost public access

The site will process the crime data with its advanced mapping engine to show where the crime has occurred within the system.

 

Toronto's Metrolinx has shared smart card user data with police

The agency said it has received 26 requests so far in 2017 from police forces for “tap history” from Presto cards and has granted 12 of the requests.

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