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FTA WMATA Corrective Actions

NOTE:  On March 18, 2019, FTA transferred direct safety oversight of WMATA Metrorail to the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission. 

FTA's WMATA Corrective Action Plan (CAP) Tracking Table monitors WMATA's progress in implementing corrective actions to resolve FTA-identified safety deficiencies to improve safety for passengers and transit workers. The table tracks CAPs approved by FTA as well as CAPs assumed by FTA from the Tri-State Oversight Committee, which previously provided safety oversight of the Metrorail system. FTA will close a corrective action after WMATA requests closure and FTA verifies that WMATA has demonstrated successful implementation of the CAP. 

View a spreadsheet of WMATA corrective actions being tracked by the FTA WMATA Safety Oversight Office.

The following table summarizes the status of corrective actions by the associated FTA safety directive or special directive. As a result of the FTA Public Transportation Safety Program Final Rule (September 2016), the term 'Special Directive' replaces the term 'Safety Directive' with no change in its purpose as an FTA directive issued to a particular transit agency detailing required actions to correct identified safety deficiencies. 

FTA WMATA Corrective Action Plans (CAP) Summary 1

Source2Total CAPsClosedUnder Review by FTA3Past  Due4Closure Request Not Yet Due

Safety Directive
15-1

91570313

Safety Directive
16-2

131980330

Safety Directive
16-4

127050

Safety Directive
16-5

118021

Safety Directive
16-6

65010

Special Directive
17-1

176083

Special Directive
18-2

2170311
Total28918808318
Last updated on March 18, 2019

1 For each CAP, WMATA must submit a closure request to FTA, then FTA will conduct a comprehensive verification process.  A CAP will be closed after FTA verifies that WMATA has demonstrated successful implementation. Closure request dates for CAPs vary and are proposed by WMATA and accepted by FTA.  FTA uses the closure request date to assess the status of a particular CAP.

2 Safety Directives and Special Directives set forth required actions that WMATA must take to address the specified safety concerns.  Within the timeframe established by the directive, WMATA must submit a comprehensive Corrective Action Plan (CAP) to FTA that identifies the specific actions that will be performed to address the required actions; the milestone schedule for completing the actions; the responsible parties for action; and the verification strategy for ensuring the completion of required work. FTA reviews and approves (with revisions as necessary) WMATA's comprehensive CAP, then subsequently monitors and verifies the agency's progress in resolving each required action.  Upon FTA acceptance of the WMATA CAP, the required actions become corrective actions.  For purposes of the above table, required actions are listed as corrective actions.

  • FTA issued Safety Directive 15-1 on June 17, 2015, in coordination with a Safety Management Inspection report that addressed both Metrorail and Metrobus issues.  FTA has approved the WMATA CAP for this safety directive.
  • FTA issued Safety Directive 16-2 on December 15, 2015, to take corrective action to resolve open safety findings previously issued jto WMATA Metrorail by the Tri-State Oversight Committee (TOC).  FTA has approved the WMATA CAP for this safety directive.
  • FTA issued Safety Directive 16-4 on August 8, 2016, in coordination with a Track Integrity Investigation report.  FTA has approved the WMATA CAP for this safety directive. 
  • FTA issued Safety Directive 16-5 on August 15, 2016, in coordination with a Stop Signal Overrun Investigation report.  FTA has approved the WMATA CAP for this safety directive. 
  • FTA issued Safety Directive 16-6 on August 24, 2016, in coordination with a Rail Vehicle Securement Investigation report.  FTA has approved the WMATA CAP for this safety directive. 
  • FTA issued Special Directive 17-1 on December 9, 2016, in coordination with a Traction Power Electrification Investigation report.  FTA has approved the WMATA CAP for this special directive. 
  • FTA issued Special Directive 18-2 on January 19, 2018, to take corrective action to resolve safety findings identified by Tri-State Oversight Committee (TOC) triennial review reports of WMATA Metrorail.  FTA has approved the WMATA CAP for this safety directive.

3 Depending on the nature and complexity of a particular CAP, it can be under review by FTA for a few weeks, several months or longer.

4 A CAP may be past due because WMATA did not submit a closure request by the agreed-upon date, WMATA made a late submittal of the closure request after the agreed-upon date, or FTA rejected the closure request as insufficient and requires WMATA to take additional action. 

Last updated: Friday, April 26, 2019