FTA releases report, issues safety directive to WMATA

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) released a report on Monday on its findings after a lengthy investigation into WMATA’s safety repairs. The FTA also issued a safety directive to WMATA that included 12 corrective actions that Metro must complete.

The investigation focused on 10 specific track segments, including parts of all six Metro lines. Overall, it examined over 60 miles of WMATA track. Overall, the FTA found that, while Metro has taken action to better its system, they are lacking in 12 specific areas. Their findings included inadequate training for track inspectors, insufficient time for track inspection, and that WMATA fails to use inspections data to inform and prioritize track maintenance.

One of the specific problems that the FTA cited involved the train derailment on July 29 near East Falls Church. The report stated that Metro officials knew about the problems that caused the derailment but did not shut down the track because it was needed for single-tracking related to SafeTrack.

To read the report and other documents released by the FTA, see below.

FTA Safety Directive 16-4 to WMATA Track Integrity (08-08-16)

FTA WMATA Track Integrity Investigation Final Report (08-08-16)