The National Transportation Safety Board will hold an investigative hearing to discuss the ongoing investigation into the January 12 smoke and electrical arcing accident that occurred in a tunnel near the L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority in Washington, D.C. One woman was killed and more than 80 passengers aboard a Virginia-bound Yellow Line train were suffering from respiratory problems and other health issues.
The hearing, which will be held June 23-24, 2015, at the NTSB’s Board Room and Conference Center in Washington, DC, will focus on the following:
- Conditions leading to the arcing
- Emergency response efforts
- WMATA’s efforts to improve its overall safety and safety culture (since the Fort Totten accident in June 2009)
- The state of WMATA’s infrastructure
- The Federal Transit Administration’s rulemaking on public transportation safety
- The Tri-State Oversight Committee’s oversight responsibilities