These FAQs do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. These FAQs are intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies. FTA recipients and subrecipients should refer to FTA’s statutes and regulations for applicable requirements.
FTA updates the tracking table once a month during the first week of the month. Given the current and expected volume of corrective actions to be tracked, updating monthly is most feasible. There are currently 91 corrective actions posted, an additional 217 will be added in spring 2016 and more are expected as FTA continues its temporary and direct safety oversight activities of WMATA Metrorail.
Initially, FTA posted the estimated dates by which WMATA said it would submit a closure request for each corrective action per the Corrective Action Plan it provided to FTA in September 2015. WMATA then changed their dates for a few of the corrective actions and FTA made those updates to the tracking table. In the interest of transparency and to more easily monitor WMATA progress, FTA has decided to only use the original estimated dates WMATA provided in September 2015 which is now reflected in the tracking table update in February 2016. When additional corrective actions are posted, the dates listed for those will be based on the Corrective Action Plan WMATA submits related to those specific items.
GREEN means the corrective action is closed which will occur only after FTA completes a comprehensive verification process.
YELLOW means the corrective action remains open -- either because the estimated original date WMATA said it would submit a closure request has not yet expired, or because a WMATA closure request is under review by FTA and undergoing a comprehensive verification process.
RED means WMATA has not submitted a closure request by their original estimated date or because FTA has rejected the closure request and sent it back to WMATA for additional action.
For each corrective action, WMATA must submit a closure request to FTA. FTA then reviews the request, including a comprehensive verification process. A corrective action will be closed after FTA verifies that WMATA has demonstrated successful implementation.
The date shown for each corrective action refers to the “original estimated date” in the Corrective Action Plan WMATA submitted to FTA in September 2015.
The time frame for FTA verification will vary depending on the corrective action under review and will result in either the item being closed or being sent back to WMATA for further action. The FTA verification process may take a few weeks, several months or multiple quarters.
It is about transparency in FTA safety oversight activity of WMATA Metrorail and Metrobus, and providing a means for the public to track WMATA’s progress in implementing corrective actions to improve safety for passengers and employees.