INTERSTATE AGENCIES

WASHINGTON METRORAIL SAFETY COMMISSION

Christopher A. Hart, Chair (elected by Commission, 2-year term), 2020

Appointed by Governor of Maryland: Debra A. Farrar-Dyke, 2021; John M. Contestabile, 2023; Suhair Al Khatib, alternate, 2020.

Appointed by Governor of Virginia: Mark V. Rosenker, 2019; Gregory Hull, 2021; Michael J. Rush, alternate.

Appointed by Mayor, District of Columbia: Robert C. Bobb, 2020; Christopher A. Hart, 2022; Christopher T. Geldart, alternate.

David L. Mayer, Ph.D., Chief Executive Director (appointed by Commission)

777 North Capitol St., NE, Suite 402, Washington, DC 20002
(202) 384-1520
e-mail: correspondence@wmsc.gov
web: https://wmsc.gov/

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 was 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 was passed both by Virginia and the District of Columbia. Further, the Commission was approved by the U.S. Congress in 2017 (115 J. Resolution no. 76, 131STAT.1093). Following the federal certification process by the Federal Transit Administration, the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission became the safety oversight agency for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority on March 18, 2019.

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