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FTA WMATA Metrorail Inspections

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

Members of FTA's WMATA Safety Oversight Team conduct regular inspections of the Metrorail system encompassing numerous safety disciplines. FTA safety inspectors assess both the condition of critical infrastructure and how well WMATA follows its own procedures, rules and safety standards. When a safety defect is identified, FTA safety inspectors require WMATA to perform remedial actions to correct it. FTA monitors WMATA’s progress on, and verifies its completion of, remedial actions. 

View FTA's WMATA Metrorail Safety Oversight Inspection Reports by month. 

FTA WMATA Metrorail Inspection Summary1

Discipline

Inspection Reports

Defects Noted2

Remedial Actions3

Open Remedial Actions4

Track

673

2,816

2,326

525

Rail Transportation

142

261

61

1

Rail Operations Control Center

65

65

18

0

Vehicle Maintenance

43

8

7

4

Transit Police

3

0

0

0

Automatic Train Control

69

119

28

20

Communications

3

1

3

1

Traction Power

202

1,027

710

448

Systems Maintenance

5

16

16

11

Elevtor / Escalator

33011

Other

26

47

4

2

Inspections with Pending Reports

1xxx

TOTAL

1,234

4,390

3,174

1,013

Notes:

Figures are cumulative since FTA assumed temporary safety oversight of WMATA Metrorail in October 2015 through March 18, 2019, when direct federal oversight was relinquished.  This table includes SafeTrack inspection data which is separately presented below.
2A Defect is a documented non-conformance or deviation of WMATA’s safety standards, rules or procedures such as: missing track fasteners, defective rail ties, failure of a train operator to wait three seconds before opening train doors at stations, etc.
3A Remedial Action is an action FTA requires WMATA to take to correct a defect such as: replace non-functioning light bulbs in tunnels, clear a blocked water drain, retrain a train operator, etc.
4Work on Open Remedial Actions may have been performed by WMATA, but may now be awaiting either submission of documentation by WMATA to FTA or verification of completion by FTA.
Of the more 1,200 inspections that have occurred as of March 18, 2019, there were 15 occasions when WMATA denied access to FTA safety inspectors to either the Rail Operations Control Center or to the operating cab of a train to perform federal inspections.  FTA brought this issue to the attention of the WMATA General Manager and such incidents have been significantly reduced.
Table last updated April 26, 2019 

SafeTrack Inspections

In addition to conducting inspections, performing investigations and verifying completion of corrective and remedial actions, the FTA WMATA Safety Oversight team is also closely monitoring WMATA’s implementation of its SafeTrack maintenance plan. FTA intends to update the SafeTrack inspection summary table until all open remedial actions are closed.

FTA WMATA SafeTrack Inspection Summary

Surge Area

Inspection Reports

Defects Noted

Remedial Actions

Open Remedial Actions1

1. East Falls Church-Ballston

June 4-16, 2016

17

54

42

0

2.  Eastern Market-Minnesota Ave / Benning Road

June 18-July 3, 2016

13

55

46

0

3.  National Airport-Braddock Road

July 5-11, 2016

321210

4.  National Airport-Pentagon City

July 12-18, 2016

648490

5.  East Falls Church-Ballston

July 20-31, 2016

5590

6.  Takoma-Silver Spring

August 1-7, 2016

2220

7.  Shady Grove-Twinbrook

August 9-21, 2016

616110

8.  Franconia-Springfield-Van Dorn St

August 27-September 11, 2016

53040

9.  Vienna-West Falls Church

September 15-October 26, 2016

1042212

10.  Fort Totten-NoMa

October 29-November 22, 2016

5980

11.  East Falls Church-West Falls Church

November 28-December 21, 2016

3620

12.  Rosslyn - Pentagon

February 11-28, 2017

5440

13.  Braddock Rd-Huntinton/Van Dorn St.

March 4 - April 12, 2017

1111111

14.  Greenbelt-College Park/Prince George's Plaza

April 15 - May 14, 2017

4000

15.  New Carrollton - Stadium Armory

May 16 - June 15, 2017

6220

16.  Shady Grove - Twinbrook

June 17-30, 2017

6874

TOTAL

107

313

239

7

Note:

Work on Open Remedial Actions may have been performed by WMATA, but may now be awaiting either submission of documentation by WMATA to FTA or verification of completion by FTA.
Table last updated April 26, 2019 
Last updated: Friday, April 26, 2019