Security and Safety

FTA threatens to withhold funds if WMATA restores late-night services

Posted on February 15, 2019

The FTA said its federal funding for the region hinges on an approval process for the Metrorail Safety Commission, which must be federally certified by April 15.
Larry Levine
The FTA said its federal funding for the region hinges on an approval process for the Metrorail Safety Commission, which must be federally certified by April 15.Larry Levine

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is threatening to withhold up to $1.6 billion in transit funding from the region, including money for construction of Maryland’s Purple Line, if the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) restores late-night service as local officials are pushing for, The Washington Post reports.

Local officials, including D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser, are leading an effort to restore service hours the agency cut beginning with its SafeTrack rebuilding effort in 2016, contending the agency has had ample time to catch up on maintenance. However, WMATA officials argue that it risks reliability and losing more riders by shifting maintenance work to mid-day, which it would have to do if it was forced to revert to 3 a.m. closings.

The FTA said its federal funding for the region hinges on an approval process for the Metrorail Safety Commission, which must be federally certified by April 15. WMATA’s potential decision to revert to its old hours could hobble that process, because its staff would need to review its budget allotments to WMATA to ensure they properly align with the transit agency’s safety needs under the new hours, according to the FTA. For the full story, click here.

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

More News

Local distillery supplies hand sanitizer to GRTC

More than 100 gallons of liquid sanitizer were picked up from Reservoir Distillery, helping GRTC staff reporting to headquarters maintain proper personal hygiene practices.

New York MTA to distribute 75K masks to frontline workers

Personal protective equipment, including masks, continues to be mandatory for certain positions and duties across the agency and will continue to be provided in these instances.

GM partners to mass produce critical care ventilators

Across all manufacturers, there is a global backorder of critical care ventilators capable of supporting patients fighting COVID-19.

Americans turn away from public transit as direct result of COVID-19

Public opinion poll among 1,000 Americans found that 48% feel that riding public transit poses a high health risk due to the virus.

Virus that causes COVID-19 stable for hours on surfaces, study says

Suggests that people may acquire the virus through the air and after touching contaminated objects.

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