Se­nate ap­proves Metro Safety Commission

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - — Mar­tine Pow­ers

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.)

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