Federal Transportation Officials Name Locals To Advisory Panel | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Federal Transportation Officials Name Locals To Advisory Panel

Play associated audio

By Meymo Lyons

Federal transportation officials are announcing the members of an advisory committee that will help develop national safety standards for rail transit.

DOT chose 20 transit experts for the advisory committee, including well-known locals: chief safety officer for Metro; James Dougherty, Jackie Jeter, president of Metro's union, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689, and Bernadette Bridges, executive director of the Office of Safety and Risk Management for the Maryland Transit Administration.

In response to the red line crash, Congress is considering a measure that would remove authority over public transportation from the states and give it to the federal government. Peter Rogoff, head of the Federal Transit Administration, says the bill will force transit systems to shape up.

"The focus of our legislation is to get every system, including the Washington Metro, to have the kind of technology and resources in place to know what their greatest safety vulnerabilities are and make those vulnerabilities their highest budget priority," he says.

The problems are clearly not just Metro's. A study by the FTA last year found that one-third of the facilities, stations and vehicles used in the nation's seven largest rail transit systems are less than adequate.

The action coincides with the anniversary of Metro's deadliest crash.

NPR

Stephen Hawking Says Zayn Malik Could Still Be In One Direction In A Parallel Universe

Millions of hearts were broken last month when Zayn Malik left One Direction, but according to physicist Stephen Hawking, that might not be the case after all.
NPR

Competitive Bartender Pours Father's Wisdom Into Signature Drink

Bartender Ran Duan will represent the U.S. in a Bacardi international cocktail competition. His specialty? "Father's Advice," a stirred-not-shaken cocktail that's a testament to his hardworking dad.
WAMU 88.5

Warren Weinstein's Death Has Local Lawmakers Debating Drone Policies

Lawmakers in the D.C. region are mourning the loss of Maryland native Warren Weinstein, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan. The killing has lawmakers debating drone policies once again.
NPR

How Tech Firms Are Helping People In The Nepal Earthquake Zone

Tech and telecom companies stepped up with much needed services. Facebook and Google offered tools to help those in the region let family and friends know they're OK. Other firms cut calling costs.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.