Hill gives go-ahead to Metro safety panel
Congress has given a final okay for the District, Maryland and Virginia to launch an independent regulatory body to oversee safety on Metro.
Now, the Metro Safety Commission resolution will head to the desk of President Trump.
The Senate voted Thursday to approve the measure by unanimous consent before leaving for August recess — pending one more minor fix from the House, which was made in the chamber’s pro forma session on Friday afternoon.
The resolution to launch the Metro Safety Commission had already garnered approval from the Senate last May, but when the measure was sent to the House, lawmakers tweaked some of the wording, requiring that the resolution undergo one more vote on the Senate side.
The official congressional seal of approval is one of the last hurdles in the drawn-out legislative process that started more than two years ago to codify a new organization that would help prevent safety crises on Metro.
The federally mandated safety body is expected to conduct inspections on Metro, investigate safety concerns and ensure that the transit agency comports with national regulations — part of an effort to improve safety and reliability on the subway system.