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Investigative Hearing: WMATA Smoke and Electrical Arcing Accident in Washington, DC

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NTSB Conference Center, Washington, dC
6/23/2015 9:00 AM


preliminary agenda


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Accident Docket

The NTSB has opened the Accident Docket, which contains over 6,000 pages of documentation collected regarding the accident. Additional items requested at the hearing will be added to this docket as acquired.


Day 1: June 23 (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)


Chairman's Opening Statement (9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.)


Chairman's Opening Statement


Investigator-in-Charge Opening Presentation


Video: WMATA Arcing/Smoke Event with Passenger Evacuation at L’Enfant Plaza Station




Panel 1: State of WMATA's Infrastructure (9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)


Witness Panel

  • Clay Bunting, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Exhibit A7 Biography of Clay A. BuntingBiography)
  • Paul Miller, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Exhibit A8 Biography for Paul Miller.pdfBiography)
  • Randall Grooman, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Exhibit A9 Biography for Randall J. Grooman2.pdfBiography)
  • Marshall S. Epler, P.E., Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Exhibit A10 Biography for Marshall S. Epler.pdfBiography)
  • Teddy Kavaleri, District of Columbia Office of Unified Communications (Exhibit A11 Biography for Teddy Kavaleri.pdfBiography)

 Issue Areas 

  • Traction Power Cables
    • History of cable maintenance programs (lifecycle,  cleaning, monitoring, replacement)
    • Status of current cable programs
  • Water Intrusion
    • Strategy of dealing with water intrusion and recurring leakage
    • Prioritization of leak repairs within WMATA's infrastructure maintenance
  • Ventilation
    • Ventilation design standards
    • Design purpose of ventilation system and mitigation strategies
    • Ventilation fan usage strategy and ventilation effectiveness in emergency situations
  • Communications
    • WMATA and District of Columbia radio systems, including maintenance and performance



Lunch (12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.)






Panel 2: Emergency Response Efforts (2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)


Witness Panel

  • Deputy Chief Derron Hawkins, District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services (Exhibit A12 Biography for Derron Hawkins.pdfBiography)
  • Stephen Williams, District of Columbia Office of Unified Communications (Exhibit A13 Biography for Stephen Williams.pdfBiography)
  • Chief Scott Goldstein, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services (Exhibit A14 Biography for Scott Goldstein.pdfBiography)
  • Ronald Bodmer, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Exhibit A15 Biography for Ronald Bodmer.pdfBiography)
  • Hercules Ballard, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Exhibit A16 Biography for Hercules Ballard.pdfBiography

Issue Areas

  • Emergency response activities in response to the train in the tunnel and the heavy smoke
  • Interagency communication and coordination
  • Emergency responder training, both large scale  exercises and hands-on familiarization with equipment
  • Protocols for emergency response used by DC and WMATA
  • Experiences of another jurisdiction concerning training, familiarization, and communication




Adjourn for Day 1




Day 2: June 24 (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)




Panel 3: WMATA's Organizational Culture (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)


Witness Panel

  • Robert Troup, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Exhibit A19 Biography for Robert Troup.pdfBiography)
  • Chief Ronald Pavlik, Jr., Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Exhibit A20 Biography for Ronald Pavlik.pdfBiography)
  • Joseph Giulietti, Metro-North Railroad (Exhibit A17 Biography for Joseph Giulietti.pdfBiography)
  • James Madaras, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689 (Exhibit A18 Biography for James Madaras.pdfBiography)

Issue Areas

  • WMATA's organizational culture on safety
  • WMATA's advances as a result of previous accidents
  • Organizational structure and communication across the organization
  • Experience of Metro-North Railroad 



Lunch (12:00 Noon to 1:30 p.m.)




Panel 4: FTA and Tri-State Oversight Committees Efforts for Public Transportation Safety (1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)


Witness Panel

  • Thomas Littleton, Federal Transit Administration (Exhibit A21 Biography for Thomas Littleton.pdfBiography)
  • Klara Baryshev, Tri-State Oversight Committee (Exhibit A22 Biography for Klara Baryshev.pdfBiography)
  • Robert Lauby, P.E., Federal Railroad Administration (Exhibit A23 Biography of Robert C. Lauby.pdfBiography)
  • David Keay, Office of Rail Regulations, United Kingdom (Exhibit A24 Biography for David Keay.pdfBiography)

Issue Areas

  • State oversight of rail transit
  • Safety oversight efforts of WMATA by the Tri-State Oversight Committee
  • Federal Transit Administration's role in ensuring consistent rail transit oversight
  • Review regulatory oversight requirements and experiences of the Federal Railroad Administration and an international rail organization



Chairman's Closing Statements (4:30 p.m.)


Chairman's Closing Statement 



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