Hill gives go-ahead to Metro safety panel

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - — Mar­tine Pow­ers

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.

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