President Trump signs resolution to establish WMATA safety commission

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed a bill into law this week to establish the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority safety commission, the Washington Post reports.

The resolution is the final step in creating an oversight organization aimed at making the WMATA system safer.

Currently, the Federal Transit Administration governs safety practices on the Metro system, but their oversight was never intended as a permanent solution.

With the President’s signature, the safety oversight group can begin to take shape after months of delay.

Efforts first started in the District of Columbia when local council members passed legislation in 2016 authorizing a safety oversight organization. The district’s efforts advanced when Maryland and Virginia passed similar measures earlier this year. The legislation then went to U.S. Congress where it received final approval only a few weeks ago.

Even with the President’s signature, it could still be some time before the safety group exists. The three entities are still looking for office space, employees to occupy those offices, and six commissioners to represent the organization, according to the Post.

Each of the three jurisdictions, the District, Maryland, and Virginia, are required to have two commissioners and an alternate. The agencies are still searching for those individuals.

Once the oversight organization takes shape, it still has to go before the FTA with all of its documentation, followed with vetting and assessment protocols.

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