Comstock: Department of Transportation Appointments To WMATA Board Will Focus On Safety

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Congresswoman Barbara Comstock

Congresswoman Barbara Comstock

Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (VA-10) issued the following statement after U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx appointed three new Federal representatives to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Board of Directors: 

“The actions taken today by Secretary Foxx will put safety expertise on the WMATA Board to begin to deal with some of the major issues plaguing Metro and the safety of its riders.  Metro riders expect a safe and reliable system and these appointments made by Secretary Foxx today are a step in the right direction to refocus Metro on its core mission.”

The WMATA Board of Directors is composed of eight voting and eight alternate directors.  Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia, and the federal government appoint two voting and two alternate directors each. Federal appointee Anthony E. Costa, a Senior Advisor to the Administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA), will remain on the WMATA Board as an Alternate Director.  Biographies of the new WMATA Board Members provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation:

Carol J. Carmody served for five years as a member of the NTSB and was appointed Vice Chairman by President Clinton.  She served twice as acting chairman of the NTSB, her role leading the initial investigation into the September 11, 2001 attacks; she oversaw NTSB efforts to assist the FBI and other agencies with recovery and identification of aircraft parts and victims. Following her government service,  Ms. Carmody joined the National Academy of Public Administration as Director of Transportation Initiatives before retiring.

David Strickland served as the fourteenth NHTSA Administrator.  At NHTSA he oversaw a broad range of vehicle safety and policymaking programs, including setting vehicle safety standards, investigating possible safety defects, and tracking safety-related recalls.  In addition, Mr. Strickland brought national attention to child passenger safety issues and was a leader in the campaigns to fight impaired and distracted driving

Robert Lauby is currently FRA Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety and Chief Safety Officer.  He has 35 years of railroad and rail transit experience involving safety, security, and accident investigation..  In this role, he provides regulatory oversight for freight, intercity and commuter railroad safety in the United States and oversees the development and enforcement of safety regulations and programs related to the railroad industry.


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