Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority: Improved Planning of Future Rehabilitation Projects Could Prevent Limitations Identified with SafeTrack, Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Government Operations, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives   [open pdf - 162KB]

The purpose of this testimony was to evaluate the effectiveness of the SmartTrack program implemented by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority [WMATA]. The Government Accountability Office [GAO] established three findings: " [1] Although WMATA inspected its track assets when planning SafeTrack, those inspections were not comprehensive and did not collect detailed data on the condition of all track infrastructure, such as all 'interlockings,' where trains cross from one track to another. As a result, WMATA's decision makers may not have used sufficient information to develop project objectives and to properly prioritize SafeTrack work. [2] Though WMATA developed three alternatives for SafeTrack, it did not determine the costs and impacts of each alternative, or assess them to determine which approach may have resulted in greater efficiencies, lower costs, or less disruption for riders and local jurisdictions. [3] Before WMATA began SafeTrack, it lacked a comprehensive project management plan, which is a key tool to ensure a project is completed on-time, within-budget, and according to quality standards."

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