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WMATA Directives and Reports

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

Since FTA assumed temporary and direct safety oversight of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Metrorail system, the agency has issued the following safety directives, special directives and reports.

Safety Directives and Special Directives

  • Special Directive 18-2: Required Actions to Address Safety Findings Identified by the TOC Triennial Reviews of WMATA Metrorail (January 19, 2018)
  • Special Directive 17-1*: Required Actions to Address Traction Power Electrification System Issues at WMATA Metrorail (December 9, 2016) 
  • Safety Directive 16-6: Required Actions to Address Vehicle Securement Issues at WMATA Metrorail (August 24, 2016)
  • Safety Directive 16-5: Required Actions to Address Stop Signal Overruns at WMATA Metrorail (August 15, 2016)
  • Safety Directive 16-4: Required Actions to Address Track Integrity at WMATA Metrorail (August 8, 2016)
  • Safety Directive 16-3: Required Actions to Address Persistent Critical Open Safety Findings at WMATA Metrorail (May 7, 2016)
  • Safety Directive 16-2: Required Actions to Address Open Safety Findings Issued by TOC to WMATA Metrorail (December 15, 2015)
  • Safety Directive 16-1: Safety Oversight for the WMATA Metrorail System (October 26, 2015)
  • Safety Directive 15-1: Public Transportation Safety Improvements for WMATA Metrorail and Metrobus Systems (June 17, 2015)
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 requiring corrective action in contrast to a 'General Directive' issued to the entire transit industry. 

Safety Oversight Reports and Audits

SafeTrack Project Management Oversight Reports*

*As part of its responsibility to prudently use public funds, FTA routinely performs project management oversight of major capital transit projects receiving federal funding. This project management oversight is separate and distinct, but complementary to, the safety oversight FTA is performing on WMATA. The monthly SafeTrack project management oversight reports are conducted by the FTA regional office.  

Link to WMATA Corrective Action Plan Website

WMATA Corrective Action Plan (September 24, 2015)