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WASHINGTON METRORAIL SAFETY COMMISSION

Vacancy, Chair (elected by Commission, 2-year term)

Appointed by Governor of Maryland: Howard H. Roberts, Jr., 2019; Debra A. Farrar-Dyke, 2021; vacancy, alternate.

Appointed by Governor of Virginia:

Appointed by Mayor, District of Columbia:

Vacancy, Executive Director (appointed by Commission)

For the safety oversight of all fixed rail transit facilities, Federal law requires that a legally and financially independent state authority be created (49 U.S.C. 5329). Consequently, the intention of Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia is to create the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission to serve as the state safety oversight authority for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority system. Of these three jurisdictions, Maryland was the first to legally mandate the Commisssion.

In March 2017, the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission was authorized by the Maryland General Assembly and signed by the Governor (Chapter 3, Acts of 2017). Passed as an emergency measure in Maryland, similar legislation must be passed both by Virginia and the District of Columbia. Further, the Commission must be approved by the U.S. Congress.

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