Color me not surprised by this at all given how much scrutiny the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has been giving WMATA lately. This comes after the FTA assuming direct oversight of the Metrorail system.
A new Federal Transit Administration report blasts Metro’s track inspection and repair protocol for “systemic safety deficiencies” and issued 12 corrective actions that Metro must take to overhaul its track maintenance program.
Among the problems cited by the FTA: Metro officials knew of problems, but did not shut down the section of track involved in the July 29 derailment because they needed it for single-tracking as part of SafeTrack surges involving the Orange and Silver Lines.
The 36-page report and corrective actions issued are the result of months of investigations into Metro’s track maintenance practices, and outline systemic problems with the protocol used to conduct routine repairs and track work – issues that became even more apparent late last month when a Silver Line train derailed just outside of East Falls Church station.
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