Cummings Seeks Answers from MTA and State Safety Oversight Program about Emergency Metro Shutdown

February 23, 2018
Press Release

Today, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, sent letters to the MTA and the State Safety Oversight (SSO) Program requesting documents regarding the shutdown of the Baltimore Metro subway. Cummings seeks detailed information about what specifically prompted the MTA to shut down the Metro subway through March 11 for emergency repairs.


"Safety must always be the highest priority in any transit operation and any unsafe condition must be immediately remedied.  For that reason, I am deeply concerned that the MTA’s own documentation suggests that unsafe conditions may have existed for some time on the Metro subway. I want to understand if that was indeed the case and, if the Metro subway has been operated while an unsafe condition existed, I would like to understand what specifically prompted the immediate shutdown announced by the MTA,” said Congressman Cummings. 


“I also want to understand whether the State Safety Oversight entity is fully aware of all safety issues on the Metro subway and Light Rail systems and is taking appropriate steps to require safe operation of both systems.” 


Cummings previously wrote to the SSO in August 2016 seeking information about safety deficiencies at any Metro stations identified in the previous five years.