Document: Tri-State Oversight Committee Rail Transit Special Safety Study, Roadway Worker Protection

Wednesday, January 6, 2010; 5:35 PM

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Metrorail System

Conducted May & December 2009; Final Report December 31, 2009

District of Columbia Department of Transportation
Maryland Department of Transportation
Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation

Eric Madison (Chair)
Emile Smith
George Good
Bernadette Bridges
Matt Bassett (Vice Chair)
Eloy Recio

Dave Harlan (Alternate)
Kevin Page (Alternate)

1. Introduction

The Tri-State Oversight Committee (TOC) serves as the designated State Safety Oversight (SSO) Agency (as required under 49 CFR ยง659) for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Metrorail fixed guideway transit system. As part of its SSO responsibilities, TOC periodically conducts assessments of issues that affect the safe operation of WMATA's rail transit system. Personnel safety and operational safety are among the SSO Program's most critical review areas.

TOC intensified its focus of safety in the WMATA right-of-way (ROW) following three incidents in which a total of four WMATA employees were killed while working in the ROW in 2005 and 2006:

  • October 1, 2005 at Braddock Road
  • May 14, 2006 at Dupont Circle
  • November 30, 2006 at Eisenhower Avenue (two employees killed)

During the 2007 Triennial Safety and Security Review at WMATA, TOC issued the following Findings related to WMATA's roadway worker protection (RWP) program:

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