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WMATA must improve Metrorail's traction power programs, audit finds


A Washington Metrorail Safety Commission (WMSC) audit of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's (WMATA) Metrorail high-voltage and traction power programs uncovered several areas in which the agency must develop corrective action plans to improve safety.

The audit found that while the agency has made "signficant improvements" in Metrorail's traction power work and programs since 2016, "there are additional areas where it is not meeting its own written requirements, does not have adequate procedures, processes or requirements, or does not have adequate training, coordination and supervision," according to a WMSC press release.

A corrective action plan is required in response to each finding by Nov. 26.

"The recommendations in this audit relate to effective corrective maintenance prioritization, outdated job descriptions, equipment calibration, and equipment quality and availability risks due to materials tracking, storage, securement and procurement practices," WMSC officials said.

The full audit report can be viewed here.

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