SafeTrack plan­ning faulted in GAO re­port

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER -

Metro failed to ad­e­quately plan the launch of its SafeTrack main­te­nance pro­gram, in­cur­ring ex­tra costs and adding to headaches for com­muters and lo­cal elected of­fi­cials be­cause of the lack of fore­sight and prepa­ra­tion, fed­eral au­di­tors said Tues­day.

The re­port by the Gov­ern­ment Ac­count­abil­ity Of­fice said in­spec­tions con­ducted by Metro in ad­vance of the project were “not com­pre­hen­sive and did not col­lect de­tailed data on the con­di­tion of all track in­fra­struc­ture,” which pre­vented the agency from pri­or­i­tiz­ing crit­i­cal ar­eas in need of re­pairs and work­ing more ef­fi­ciently.

“Where were they when this place was go­ing to hell? Where were they? Where were peo­ple when they should have been do­ing their over­sight?” Metro board Chair­man Jack Evans on the GAO re­port

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