Provided by Congresswoman Barbara Comstock’s Office
Congresswoman Barbara Comstock released the following statement regarding the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) WMATA Track Integrity Investigation Report and Safety Directive:
“It is appalling to hear more bad news regarding the ongoing safety struggles at Metro. It is damning that the FTA had already identified track problems and highlighted their concerns to Metro about the area outside the East Falls Church station prior to the July 29 derailment.
“The problems at WMATA outlined in the report are substantial and systemic. According to the report, ‘WMATA’s track inspection program does not provide sufficient time for inspectors to adequately inspect their assigned territories,’ and ‘WMATA does not prioritize the inspection importance of tracks…maintenance departments do not jointly review issues and safety concerns affecting the track structure to develop coordinated mitigations and assign limited resources to highest priority issues.’ GM Paul Wiedefeld has repeatedly made clear that safety takes precedent over service at Metro. The fact that these issues persist is again the symptom of a lack of safety culture at the agency.
“I call on Metro to respond to these findings and immediately begin working with the FTA to ensure that their safety recommendations are implemented as quickly as possible. I also encourage Metro to maintain transparency with the public as this process unfolds.”