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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-10-007
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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 BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN AREA TRANSIT AUTHORITY: Elevate the safety oversight role of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Board of Directors by (1) developing a policy statement to explicitly and publicly assume the responsibility for continual oversight of system safety, (2) implementing processes to exercise oversight of system safety, including appropriate proactive performance metrics, and (3) evaluating actions taken in response to National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Transit Administration recommendations, as well as the status of open corrective action plans and the results of audits conducted by the Tri-State Oversight Committee.
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: 3/17/2011
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Oversight, Transit

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Date: 3/17/2011
Response: The NTSB notes that, on September 30, 2010, WMATA adopted Resolution 2010-49 to amend the 2010 procedures for its Board of Directors, creating a committee of the Board to provide safety oversight and to develop safety policy proposals. WMATA's Board also modified its mission statement to clarify that safety is the top priority of the agency. The formation of the Safety and Security Committee to (1) provide continual oversight to ensure that the transit system is safe and secure for passengers, employees, and the public; (2) receive regular reports on the status of safety and security, including appropriate proactive performance metrics, and on the responsiveness of the agency to the status of open corrective action plans; and (3) review the WMATA System Safety Program Plan for consistency with safety goals, receive periodic reports from the TOC, and work with the FTA and the NTSB to ensure that all safety recommendations are handled expeditiously and effectively, is a positive step toward addressing a number of safety issues. These actions satisfy the intent of Safety Recommendation R-10-7; accordingly, it is classified CLOSED – ACCEPTABLE ACTION.

From: Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
To: NTSB
Date: 9/30/2010
Response: CC# 201000371: - From Peter Benjamin, Chair, Board of Directors: Today the WMATA Board of Directors adopted the attached resolution which implements the NTSB recommendation by (1) emphasizing its commitment to safety and to clarify that safety is its top priority by revising the Authority mission statement to state that "Metro operates a safe, reliable, and effective transit system that enhances mobility, improves the quality of life, and stimulates economic development in the Washington metropolitan area," (2) amending the Board of Directors Procedures to explicitly define its role to be "determines agency policy and provides oversight for the funding, operation and expansion of safe, reliable, and effective transit service within the Transit Zone," and (3) creating a committee of the Board to provide safety oversight and develop safety policy proposals with the following responsibilities: The SAFETY AND SECURITY COMMITTEE provides continual oversight to assure that all facilities, equipment, and operations of the transit system are safe and secure for passengers, employees, and the public affected by Metro services, and recommends for Board adoption Authority safety and security policy direction as well as safety and security goals for the General Manager and for the agency. In doing so the Committee reviews the WMATA System Safety Program Plan for consistency with safety goals, receives periodic reports from the Tri-State Oversight Committee and works with the Federal Transit Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board as appropriate to review the status of Metro safety and to assure that all safety recommendations from any internal or external safety review or investigation are handled expeditiously and effectively. The Committee receives regular reports from the Chief Safety Officer and Chief of Police on the status of safety and security, on any significant accidents or incidents, on safety and security metrics, and on the responsiveness of the agency to any safety findings, both internal and external, including the status of corrective action plans. The Committee assures that both employees and the public have accessible channels for reporting safety and security concerns, that such reports are taken seriously, evaluated, and acted upon as appropriate, and that persons reporting such information are protected from reprisals. In adopting this resolution the WMATA Board believes that it has fully implemented the referenced recommendation by the NTSB. We are aware that we have created a framework to enhance the Board's role in safety oversight. It is our challenge to implement these processes to enhance safety throughout the Authority. We are dedicated to doing so. WMATA is also making substantial progress in developing corrective action plans and in implementing those plans for the other recommendations made to the Authority, R-l0 through -22, as a result of the June 22, 2009 accident. We are committed to carrying out those recommendations to the best of our ability and to enhancing the safety of our passengers, our employees and the public.