The local safety group set to take responsibility for Metro oversight by spring has completed and submitted its application to the Federal Transit Administration, triggering a transition process back to local oversight that the FTA outlined earlier this month.
The Federal Transit Administration has approved a Metro plan to add new safety barriers between new 7000 Series train cars by the end of May instead of the original federal deadline at the end of this year.
Metro’s initial 13 months of 24/7 track work had some major accomplishments, but a final federal oversight report finds some pieces of the program that Metro called “SafeTrack” left a lot to be desired.
Federal inspectors uncovered more Metro track issues in August and September, even as a number of other previously identified problems were repaired, newly released inspection reports show.
A three-judge appellate panel appeared Wednesday to look for a narrow legal way to allow Purple Line light rail construction to continue in Maryland.
An internal Metro review found that some crucial maintenance records for tunnel ventilation fans were possibly falsified, prompting a call for an investigation into the transit agency’s maintenance documentation practices.
President Donald Trump has given Maryland, D.C., and Virginia the go-ahead to set up a regional safety watchdog for Metro. The step moves the region one step closer to replacing an agency that was found to be ineffective and has been temporarily replaced by federal transit officials.
The U.S. Department of Transportation continues to withhold federal funding for the entire region until the body is up and running.
Emergency power cut-offs that were not working, slip-ups with new safety rules and a disclosure that some significant concrete work may be shoddy and need to be redone are among the new details in the latest series of federal reports on Metro.
The Federal Transit Authority and Maryland Transit Administration are appealing a judge’s ruling requiring a new environmental study of the Purple Line project, arguing it is unnecessary and that further delays could compromise the project.
Oversight and contracting failures at Metro risked an immediate loss of millions in federal funding, a new audit report from Metro’s Office of Inspector General found.
While some of Metro’s plans to cut down on trains speeding past red signals have been approved, the Federal Transit Administration says the violations are more frequent.
Citing a “critical” risk to Metro workers, the Federal Transit Administration is ordering immediate safety changes at Metro.
Metro deliberately ignores some of its own safety rules for convenience, a new batch of federal inspection reports show, but the agency is making progress in areas such as communication between train operators and central controllers.
Discussion on the Maryland Senate floor became heated Monday night as the chamber’s president expressed frustration and used profane language, calling for fast approval of a bill that would set up a new commission to oversee safety on Metro.