A Safe Track?: Oversight of WMATA’s Safety and Maintenance

Hearing Date: December 2, 2016 9:00 am 2154 Rayburn HOB


  • To examine Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) progress in bringing the rail system to a state of good repair through the SafeTrack program.
  • To examine maintenance and safety related issues that have occurred since the program’s inception.


  • In May 2016, WMATA announced the SafeTrack program would condense three years of maintenance into a single year.
  • SafeTrack involves 15 safety surges, where reducing service and shutting down stations on long stretches of rail provide increased windows for maintenance.
  • A Federal Transit Administration review found 130 defects during the first three safety surges.
  • These subcommittees held a hearing on Metrorail service in April 2016.


Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
Mr. Paul Wiedefeld General Manager Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Document
The Honorable Christopher A. Hart Chairman National Transportation Safety Board Document
Mr. Mathew Welbes Executive Director Federal Transit Administration Document
Mr. Jack Evans Chairman of the Board Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Document
Mr. Raymond Jackson Second Vice President Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 689 Document

Related Documents

Name Document
NTSB Report Document