The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) made several, by now well documented, safety recommendations to Metro, but Metro passed. The NTSB can not enforce its recommendations.
Its mission is as follows:
The National Transportation Safety Board is an independent Federal agency charged by Congress with investigating every civil aviation accident in the United States and significant accidents in the other modes of transportation -- railroad, highway, marine and pipeline -- and issuing safety recommendations aimed at preventing future accidents.What about the Federal Transit Administration?
According to their Web site:
FTA provides stewardship of combined formula and discretionary programs totaling more than $10B to support a variety of locally planned, constructed, and operated public transportation systems throughout the U.S., including buses, subways, light rail, commuter rail, streetcars, monorail, passenger ferry boats, inclined railways, and people movers. To carry out its mission, FTA administers a variety of grant programs to serve local communities throughout the United States.
So, they basically administer grants.
And the Federal Railroad Administration?
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) actively supports the development of the nation's intercity rail passenger system.Your average, fully loaded 747 carries one half to a third of what an average rush hour Metro train carries, yet the Federal Aviation Administration can ground an entire make of aircraft if it believes them to be unsafe, no matter the inconvenience to the riding public.
Who can tell Metro or MTA or BART to clean up their act or else?
It's an honest question. If anyone out there knows the answer, we'd love to hear.
Metro moving 1000-series cars to middle of trains (WTOP)
NTSB Finds Metro Control 'Anomalies' (WaPo)
Red Line partially reopen (WaPo)
Va./Md. pony up some dough (WHSV)
Hoyer slams Reagan for cutting public transport funding (CNSN)
Weekend track maintenance on Blue, Green, Orange (WMATA)
Items of interest:
Why I Hate DC's "Catoe Watch" (When's HIS press conference BTW?!?)
New Post columnist suggests circumferential Metro (GGW)
What to do about the 1000-series cars (GGW)
WMATA's safety systems (GGW)