Congress aims to speed ac­tion on Metro safety

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER -

The re­gion’s con­gres­sional del­e­ga­tion in­tro­duced a joint res­o­lu­tion to ap­prove a Metro Safety Com­mis­sion — a step meant to has­ten ac­tion from Mary­land and Vir­ginia, which, along with the Dis­trict, suf­fered fi­nan­cial penal­ties last week for missing a fed­eral dead­line to cre­ate the agency.

The leg­is­la­tion grants “the con­sent and ap­proval of Congress” to the ju­ris­dic­tions to launch the safety over­sight com­mis­sion and also de­tails the struc­ture and gov­er­nance of the agency, re­it­er­at­ing lan­guage that ap­peared in leg­is­la­tion passed two months ago by the D.C. Coun­cil.

The process has taken longer in Mary­land and Vir­ginia, where gen­eral as­sem­blies only took up the leg­is­la­tion in re­cent weeks.

The lead spon­sors of the res­o­lu­tion are Sen. Tim Kaine (DVa.) and Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (DMd.). All other mem­bers of the re­gion’s House and Se­nate del­e­ga­tions have signed on as well.

“I’m all for union pro­tec­tions. I also want [man­age­ment] to be able to op­er­ate the sys­tem.”

Rep. John De­laney (D-Md.)

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