B21-828, Metrorail Safety Commission Establishment


Bill 21-828, Metrorail Safety Commission Interstate Compact Establishment Act of 2016

Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and Councilmember Jack Evans announce a joint public hearing before the Committee of the Whole and Committee on Finance and Revenue on Bill 21-828, the “Metrorail Safety Commission Interstate Compact Establishment Act of 2016.” The hearing will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 in Hearing Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building.

The stated purpose of Bill 21-828 is to establish the Metrorail Safety Commission Interstate Compact that will provide necessary safety oversight of the fixed guideway system operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. This is a requirement of the federal Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act. The Compact will be between the District of Columbia, the State of Maryland, and the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Council’s consideration of the Compact will be followed by consideration by our partner jurisdictions, with approval by all three jurisdictions no later than early in 2017.

Those who wish to testify are asked to email the Committee of the Whole at cow@dccouncil.us, or call Evan Cash, Committee Director at (202) 724-8196, and to provide your name, address, telephone number, organizational affiliation and title (if any) by close of business Friday, September 30, 2016. Persons wishing to testify are encouraged, but not required, to submit 15 copies of written testimony. If submitted by the close of business on September 30, 2016, the testimony will be distributed to Councilmembers before the hearing. Witnesses should limit their testimony to five minutes; less time will be allowed if there are a large number of witnesses. A copy of Bill 21-828 can be obtained can be obtained on http://lims.dccouncil.us, or through the Legislative Services Division (Room 10) of the Secretary of the Council’s office.

If you are unable to testify at the hearing, written statements are encouraged and will be made a part of the official record. Written statements should be submitted to the Committee of the Whole, Council of the District of Columbia, Suite 410 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004. The record will close at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18, 2016.