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The Tri-state Oversight Committee is a partnership between state-level agencies in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia to jointly oversee safety and security at the Washington, DC Metrorail system.


April 6, 2015

For the last several weeks, TOC has participated in the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) Safety Management Inspection (SMI) of WMATA. Thus far, TOC has participated in FTA's reviews of Metrorail operations, the Rail Operations Control Center, rail vehicle maintenance, track, signals and communications, capital programs, elevators and escalators, and other Metrorail disciplines. TOC has been in constant communication with FTA regarding review activities and observations. This is yet another activity undertaken by TOC's comprehensive approach to system safety of the Metrorail system. TOC looks forward to its continued coordination with FTA and all of the other Federal stakeholders in ensuring a safe and secure Metrorail system for the riding public.

For more information on the FTA SMI, please visit FTA's website at

February 25, 2015

Over the last several weeks, TOC has continued its activities for its Safety Readiness Review of the WMATA 7000-Series Railcars. TOC continues to work with WMATA to ensure that the 7000-Series Railcars will be safe and secure for passenger revenue service.

The TOC also has continued its scheduled Three-Year Safety and Security Review schedule of selected WMATA Metrorail Elements. Within the last four weeks, TOC performed reviews of Automatic Train Control/Signals Maintenance and Radio Communications. TOC believes that these recent reviews have gone well and helps TOC in working with WMATA toward a shared goal of continuous safety improvement in the Metrorail System.

January 30, 2015

The Tri-State Oversight Committee recently posted the most recent reports from its ongoing safety and security review and audit program. These reports include the following:

These reports and others are available in the Program Documents section of the TOC website. Some of the information in these reports is considered Security Sensitive Information (SSI) under Section 49 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations Parts 15 and 1520 and thus prohibited from public release.

January 13, 2015

The TOC is a party to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation of the fatal smoke incident that occurred Monday near L’Enfant Plaza Metrorail Station. Due to the NTSB investigation, the TOC is prohibited from commenting on the incident or circumstances related to the situation. Please contact the NTSB Public Affairs Office for any inquiries regarding the incident. As always the TOC will continue to accept information and will respond regarding any other safety issues as we continue to work on our ongoing mission of Metrorail safety oversight.

December 19, 2014

On Friday, December 19, 2014, the TOC continued its Safety and Readiness Review of the WMATA 7000-Series railcars. This review is intended to ensure that the 7000-Series railcars are safe and secure for passenger service.

The TOC is working closely with WMATA to facilitate a review that enables WMATA to continue its efforts in readying the cars for revenue service while also ensuring that safety- and security-related items are properly addressed.

The TOC will continue to closely monitor WMATA’s safety and security certification efforts on the 7000-series railcars as WMATA completes the necessary steps for preparing the cars for safe and secure passenger service.

December 8, 2014

On Friday December 5th, representatives from TOC and WMATA met to discuss the TOC’s concerns regarding flaws in the process used to ensure that the 7000-series railcars will be safe to carry passengers. TOC had publicly expressed these concerns at the November 20th WMATA Board of Directors Safety and Security Committee Meeting.

Pursuant to discussions with WMATA, TOC has received additional clarification intended to help address TOC’s concerns. TOC believes that, working closely with WMATA, we have identified a path forward that allows WMATA to better ensure that the new railcars will be safe.

TOC will continue to closely monitor WMATA’s certification process, and will perform a readiness review to ensure that WMATA has finished all of the necessary steps to ready the cars for safe and secure passenger service.

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