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Subway audit reveals safety risks, commission demands changes

ByChad J. Johnson

Apr 7, 2022

Following the audit, the commission asks Metro to develop corrective action plans for 14 identified areas of concern.

WASHINGTON — The Washington Metrorail Safety Commission (WMSC) released an audit Thursday that found Metro is not following its own written requirements, they said, and furthermore lacks procedures, adequate training (including the monitoring and on-the-job), or monitoring, among other concerns.

Findings were gathered through interviews, site visits and document searches, the commission shared; who have all demonstrated that “Metrorail [has] a culture that accepts non-compliance with written operational rules, instructions and manuals,” the audit states.

Following the audit, the commission asks Metro to develop corrective action plans for 14 identified areas of concern. The WMSC also makes three recommendations to which the government transport agency must respond.

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The commission shared that the scope of the audit included rail operations, employees involved in car movements, station managers and their operations, among others. The audit also found that Metro is not effectively identifying, tracking, communicating and addressing operational hazards as required by its Public Transportation Agency safety plan, according to WMSC. Metro also lacks internal communication, process and management when changes are underway, WMSC found.

The commission pointed out that due to insufficient training, knowledge, certification and failure to implement monitoring requirements, safety risks are present for the public.

According to WMSC, Metro is now required to propose a corrective action plan for each of the commission’s findings and to respond to each recommendation no later than 30 days.

Click here to read the full report.

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