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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-10-006
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Synopsis: On Monday, June 22, 2009, about 4:58 p.m., eastern daylight time, inbound WMATA Metrorail train 112 struck the rear of stopped inbound Metrorail train 214. The accident occurred on aboveground track on the Metrorail Red Line near the Fort Totten station in Washington, D.C. The lead car of train 112 struck the rear car of train 214, causing the rear car of train 214 to telescope1 into the lead car of train 112, resulting in a loss of occupant survival space in the lead car of about 63 feet (about 84 percent of its total length). Nine people aboard train 112, including the train operator, were killed. Emergency response agencies reported transporting 52 people to local hospitals. Damage to train equipment was estimated to be $12 million.
Recommendation: TO THE TRI-STATE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE: Work with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to satisfactorily address the recommendations contained in the Federal Transit Administration’s March 4, 2010, final report of its audit of the Tri-State Oversight Committee and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Railroad
Location: Washington, D.C., DC, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA09MR007
Accident Reports: Collision of Two Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Metrorail Trains Near Fort Totten Station
Report #: RAR-10-02
Accident Date: 6/22/2009
Issue Date: 8/10/2010
Date Closed: 9/25/2012
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Tri-state Oversight Committee (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Tri-state Oversight Committee
Date: 9/25/2012
Response: The NTSB is pleased to learn that on January 11, 2012, the FTA informed the TOC that it considered all remaining open items from the March 4, 2010, final audit report to be fully resolved. This includes the items issued to WMATA, as well as those issued to the TOC. Accordingly, Safety Recommendation R-10-6 is classified CLOSED—ACCEPTABLE ACTION. Thank you for your commitment to transit safety.

From: Tri-state Oversight Committee
To: NTSB
Date: 2/10/2012
Response: -From Matt Bassett, Chair, Tri-State Oversight Committee, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation: I write to apprise you of recent progress in addressing the NTSB’s Safety Recommendation R-10-6, issued to the TOC during the Safety Board’s investigation of the June 22, 2009 Fort Totten rail collision on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Red Line. As you are aware, R-10-6 asked our organization to: “…work with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to satisfactorily address the recommendations contained in the Federal Transit Administration’s [FTA] March 4, 2010 final report of its audit of the Tri-state Oversight Committee and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.” Over the last two years, TOC has worked closely with WMATA as well as FTA to address the findings and recommendations of the March 4, 2010 final audit report. We have increased our full-time staff, added financial and technical resources, and strengthened our program through new internal and external agreements. We have also expanded public outreach through electronic media, and made regular safety oversight presentations to the WMATA Board of Directors and senior management. We were pleased to receive notification from FTA on January 11th, 2012 that they considered all remaining open items from their final audit report to be fully resolved, including those addressed to WMATA as well as TOC. On that basis, we respectfully request the NTSB consider closing R-10-6. You will find attached a copy of the FTA’s January 11th, 2012 correspondence to support this request. On behalf of the Tri-state Oversight Committee and our member agencies, I would like to thank you, the Members and the staff of the Safety Board for working with us over the past several years to improve the safety of rail transit here in the nation’s capital. If you have any additional questions or concerns on this matter, please feel free to contact me at the e-mail address or phone numbers noted below.

From: NTSB
To: Tri-state Oversight Committee
Date: 1/31/2011
Response: The NTSB notes that the TOC has been working with WMATA to satisfy the recommendations contained in the FTA’s March 4, 2010, final audit report. The TOC has developed an Audit Recommendations Tracking Matrix that shows, in part, audit finding, action required for closeout, next response, prior WMATA/TOC activity, status, and WMATA/TOC action/projected completion date. Pending the FTA’s closeout of the 11 TOC findings and 10 WMATA recommendations, based upon satisfactory action by the TOC, Safety Recommendation R-10-6 is classified OPEN—ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE. The NTSB would appreciate being informed as progress continues toward full implementation of Safety Recommendation R-10-6.

From: Tri-state Oversight Committee
To: NTSB
Date: 11/2/2010
Response: CC# 201000417: - From Matt Bassett, Chair, Tri-State Oversight Committee: The TOC is fully committed to implementing the provisions of R-10-6. As such, the TOC is pleased to submit to NTSB supporting documentation (in electronic format, via CD) of the progress made in addressing the findings contained in the FTA's March 2010 audit report, including all of the supporting materials provided to date to FTA, along with audit "findings tracking matrices with status updates for each finding, and associated transmittal letters. TOC has taken a number of positive steps toward strengthening its oversight of the WMATA Metrorail system, and continues to work with WMATA to close out old outstanding accident investigation reports and corrective action plans. The three TOE jurisdictions have committed increased resources to the TOE program, both for full-time staffing needs and increased technical support. TOE has revised its Program Standard and Procedures to better reflect TOE responsibilities in responding to safety situations, and to reflect the improved corrective action plan technical review process and alternatives analysis. TOE also recently issued the final report from the 2010 Triennial Safety and Security Review, a comprehensive overview of WMATA's implementation of its system safety and security programs. TOE looks forward to continuing to work with WMATA to address the findings identified in that report. TOE appreciates the opportunity to provide this update to NTSB, and we will continue to make progress in addressing and ultimately satisfying the Safety Board's recommendation and FTA's findings. Should you or your staff have any questions or require additional information on our efforts, please feel free to contact me at your convenience. We look forward to working with WMATA, the FTA, the NTSB and other stakeholders to continue improving rail transit system safety in the National Capital Region.