Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate: H.J. Res. 76: Joint Resolution Granting the Consent and Approval of Congress for the Commonwealth of Virginia, the State of Maryland, and the District of Columbia to Enter into a Compact Relating to the Establishment of the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission   [open pdf - 97KB]

"H.J. Res. 76 would grant Congressional consent to a compact establishing a safety commission for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). A Congressional act is required for WMATA to establish a safety commission. Based on information from WMATA and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), CBO [Congressional Budget Office] anticipates that under H.J. Res. 76 WMATA would certify a safety oversight agency during fiscal year 2018. Establishing this commission would bring WMATA into compliance with federal law that requires an independent agency to oversee safety at the transit authority. The FTA currently serves as the entity responsible for safety oversight of the agency and will continue to do so until the compact is approved and the FTA certifies that WMATA is able to provide safety oversight that complies with FTA guidelines. In fiscal year 2016, the FTA spent about $6 million on safety activities for WMATA and will continue to incur similar costs until the WMATA oversight program is certified, CBO estimates. Thus, implementing the bill would decrease discretionary costs for the FTA by about $6 million a year. In addition, the FTA is prohibiting the states of Virginia and Maryland and the District of Columbia from obligating about $15 million that was provided in 2017 until WMATA establishes a safety commission."

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