Under Metro GM Paul Wiedefeld, hauling us to court --- on the taxpayer dime --- when Metro doesn’t get their way has become a standard practice. Last Friday, Metro did it again on the “Seven Day Work Rule.”
Statement on FTA’s Decision to Withhold Transit Funding from WMATA Until New Safety Oversight Commission is Formed
Today the FTA issued a statement to notify the transit systems in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia that, effective immediately, it will withhold five percent of Fiscal Year 2017 transit formula funds until a new State Safety Oversight Program (SSOP) is certified for the rail operations of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).
Safety of workers and riders is the highest priority for ATU Local 689, and we believe that the jurisdictions should be working to create this safety commission with fierce urgency. However, the creation of this commission cannot and should not be an opportunity for the legislators in DC, Maryland or Virginia to make political plays by pushing through amendments and language that attack workers rights and have nothing to do with safety. With WMATA in a budget and safety crisis, actions attacking workers for the sake of politics is completely unacceptable.