Senate approves Metro Safety Commission
The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to approve the creation of the Metro Safety Commission — one of the last remaining legal steps necessary to establish a federally mandated regional safety oversight agency to regulate the troubled transit agency.
The bill, which passed unanimously, came up for a vote more than three months after a Feb. 9 deadline to get the oversight agency up and running. Now, the legislation must pass the House before being signed by President Trump.
The creation of a Metro Safety Commission has been in the works for at least two years, after federal transportation officials determined that the agency responsible for safety oversight was poorly staffed and ineffective.
“With heavy effort — and yes, continued foul-ups — things [at Metro] are slowly starting to improve.” Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.)