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FTA says Metro track inspectors need more training

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Staffers from a university rail inspection program are scheduled to retrain Metro track inspectors after they failed to identify and address track defects that led to a derailment last month in Virginia.

Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said Aug. 10 he hired trainers from the University of Tennessee’s Center for Transportation Research to train inspectors during a two-week program.

“Safety trumps service now more than ever at Metro,” said Wiedefeld.

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USDOT secretary fires 3 Metro board members

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Secretary of Transportation Thursday replaced three of four members of the Metro board of directors with individuals who have transportation safety backgrounds to increase the safety culture of Metro.

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said, “No more excuses” to jurisdictions Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, which he has been ordering to create a new state level safety oversight agency for Metro.

On Thursday, April 28, Foxx replaced three of the four board members representing the federal government with officials currently or previously involved in transportation safety. The reason for the replacement was to push the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority board of directors to pick up the pace to creating a new state-level safety oversight agency in Metro.

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