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Welcome to the Metrorail safety oversight website, which provides access to news and information relating to the Tri-State Oversight Committee (TOC) and the Metrorail Safety Commission (MSC).

The TOC is a partnership among state-level agencies in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia which currently oversees safety and security for the Washington, DC, area Metrorail system. MSC, which was formed in March 2018 and is also made up of representatives from Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia, is in the process of preparing to assume safety oversight duties from the TOC. The transition will provide for continuous oversight of safety matters on the nation's second-busiest rail transit system.

Once the transition is complete, MSC will become the federally-certified State Safety Oversight Agency with responsibility for monitoring and enforcing standards to ensure the safe operation of Metro. MSC is an entirely independent agency from Metro's operator, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).

This site provides access to information about safety oversight responsibilities, activities, and reporting concerning Metro. As MSC advances its safety oversight capacity in the latter part of 2018 and beyond, this website will also change to incorporate information about MSC and its activities.


January 19, 2018

On January 19, 2018, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued Special Directive 18-2.

Special Directive 18-2 pertains to the following Tri-State Oversight Committee (TOC) Triennial Audits of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). The links to those audit reports are posted below:

These reports and others are available in the Program Documents section of the TOC website.

All inquiries relating to these audit reports should be directed to the FTA.

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