By David Schultz
The job of the Tri-State Oversight Committee - or TOC - is to make sure Metro is safe and reliable. But the TOC has little authority to force Metro to make changes. It doesn't even have an office or any full-time employees.
That's about to change.
In response to an audit from the Federal Transit Administration, the TOC says it will make significant changes. It will hire one full-time employee and one part-time employee, paid for with funds from Maryland, D.C. and Virginia.
The TOC also says its members will undergo more extensive training. And, in the future, they'll report more information to federal transit authorities.