Metro is placed un­der fed­eral su­per­vi­sion

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - — Lori Aratani and Paul Dug­gan

Metro is the first U.S. sub­way sys­tem placed un­der di­rect fed­eral su­per­vi­sion for safety lapses un­der a plan an­nounced by Trans­porta­tion Sec­re­tary An­thony Foxx.

Day-to-day oper­a­tions would con­tinue un­der the aus­pices of Metro, but Fed­eral Transit Ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials could in­ter­vene when safety con­cerns arise. Of­fi­cials could con­duct sur­prise in­spec­tions and is­sue di­rec­tives to Metro to im­me­di­ately ad­dress safety prob­lems in the sys­tem.

The Na­tional Trans­porta­tion Safety Board, which is in­ves­ti­gat­ing a smoke in­ci­dent in a Metro tun­nel that killed one per­son in Jan­uary, had rec­om­mended that Foxx shift the re­spon­si­bil­ity for safety over­sight to the Fed­eral Rail­road Ad­min­is­tra­tion, another agency within the Trans­porta­tion Depart­ment with more ex­pe­ri­ence and a larger staff than the FTA.

The shift also would have sub­jected the trou­ble-prone sub­way sys­tem to stricter safety rules and tougher sanc­tions for vi­o­la­tions.

Jack Re­qua, Metro’s in­terim gen­eral man­ager, said he wel­comed Foxx’s ac­tion.

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