FTA Outlines Process to Transfer Safety Oversight of WMATA Metrorail from Federal Authority to the Metrorail Safety Commission

FTA today outlined the process by which primary responsibility for federal safety oversight of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Metrorail system will transfer from FTA to the Metrorail Safety Commission (MSC). 

The MSC is the designated State Safety Oversight (SSO) Agency established jointly by the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia to provide safety oversight of Metrorail. FTA assumed temporary and direct safety oversight of Metrorail in October 2015.

FTA is working to help MSC achieve certification and has a long history of providing review of draft SSO Program documents, and other technical assistance relevant to safety oversight of Metrorail. In addition, in recent months, FTA has begun conducting pre-transition activities with the MSC, including briefings with its executive team and board members.

Links:
Press release
FTA Safety Oversight of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Metrorail System
FTA State Safety Oversight Program