Track Integrity Investigation: Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)

This report documents the results of the track integrity investigation conducted by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) between March 21 and June 30, 2016 on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Metrorail system. The FTA WMATA Safety Oversight (FWSO) Office initiated this investigation in response to recurrent track deficiencies and defects identified during FWSO’s track inspections at WMATA, and to support follow-up on track issues identified as part of the FWSO’s Safety Management Inspection (SMI). The FWSO also used this investigation to explore systemic issues identified as part of WMATA’s investigation into a derailment near Smithsonian Station on August 6, 2015 and Tri-State Oversight Committee (TOC) three-year review into track maintenance and training at WMATA.. Finally, this report also addresses preliminary findings from the FWSO’s investigation into the July 29, 2016 derailment near East Falls Church.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Maps; Tables;
  • Pagination: 36p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01608713
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 8 2016 4:30PM