It's official. The Federal Transit Authority (FTA) has taken over safety oversight from the Tri-State Oversight Committee (TOC) for WMATA. DCist reported that this decision was due to approximately 225 TOC findings and recommendations to improve WMATA safety that were unaddressed. Until there is a new oversight agency to oversee Metro safety, the FTA will conduct inspections, examinations, testing, and audits on the transit system. For six months, management consulting firm McKinsey & Company and Ernst & Young will also review the organization's financial systems and management operations. According to DCist, Washington, D.C.'s Metro is the the first subway system in the country the FTA has ever directly supervised.
· We'll Take It From Here: Federal Transit Authority Assumes Metro Safety Oversight [DCist]
· Federal Oversight May Assume Control of Metrorail Oversight [Curbed DC]