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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation R-15-010
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Synopsis: On January 12, 2015, at 3:15 p.m., eastern standard time, southbound WMATA Metrorail train 302 stopped after encountering heavy smoke in a subway tunnel between L'Enfant Plaza station and the Potomac River Bridge. One passenger fatality and 86 persons transported.
Recommendation: TO THE WASHINGTON METROPOLITAN AREA TRANSIT AUTHORITY: As part of the implementation of the procedures developed in response to Safety Recommendation R-15-009,incorporate the use of the procedures into your ongoing training and exercise programs and ensure that operations control center staff and emergency responders have ample opportunities to learn and practice activating ventilation fans.(Urgent)
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Railroad
Location: Washington, DC, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA15FR004
Accident Reports: ​Preliminary Report: WMATA Smoke and Electrical Arcing Accident in Washington, DCWashington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority L’Enfant Plaza Station Electrical Arcing and Smoke Accident
Report #: RAR-16-01
Accident Date: 1/12/2015
Issue Date: 2/11/2015
Date Closed: 1/29/2018
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Date: 1/29/2018
Response: We believe that the program you described in response to Safety Recommendation R-15-9 addresses this recommendation in a way that will result in a safer experience for your passengers and that will enhance employee performance. Annually recertifying operations control center operators on ventilation fan use, along with providing continual scenario-based training, satisfies Safety Recommendation R-15-10, which is classified CLOSED--ACCEPTABLE ACTION.

From: Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
To: NTSB
Date: 10/13/2017
Response: -From Angel Pena, Managing Director, Quality Assurance, Internal Compliance and Oversight (QICO), WMATA: WMATA is providing the attached documentation of completed actionable items addressing the safety recommendation. Completion of actionable items demonstrates our organizational commitment to improving the safety and reliability of the Metrorail system, our riders and employees. Please see the attached actionable items and contact me for any additional information or clarification.

From: NTSB
To: Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Date: 10/12/2016
Response: We understand that Safety Recommendation R-15-010 cannot be closed before R-15-009 is completed. We note that the first draft of an employee training program is being circulated for internal review, and we look forward to reviewing your new and revised training programs once they have been finalized. Pending completion of this action, Recommendation R-15-010 is classified OPEN—ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE.

From: Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
To: NTSB
Date: 4/13/2016
Response: -From Louis J. Brown, Jr., Acting Chief Safety Officer: This communication is in response to your March 24, 2016, letter concerning the urgent safety recommendations (R-15-8 through-1 0) and safety recommendation R-15-25 issued by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concerning the investigation of the electrical arcing and smoke incident near the WMATA L'Enfant Plaza station in Washington, DC, on January 12, 2015. This letter provides a status update for these four recommendations (see attached matrix including estimated completion dates). In addition, in the collective review of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) NTSB recommendations, the attached documentation is provided for your consideration to support the closure of recommendation R-15-8, as all fans and ventilation systems are fully operable and in a state of good repair. The first draft of the tunnel fan “playbook” is expected to be circulated for review by May 2016. It is anticipated that the “playbook” will have to undergo multiple revisions and reviews to reflect recommendations that are expected from sub-tasks related to an evaluation of the tunnel ventilation system and recommended improvements, as well as an evaluation of emergency and operating procedures. A formal report will be developed and submitted for NTSB review and consideration for closure by mid-September 2016.

From: NTSB
To: Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Date: 3/24/2016
Response: Completion of these recommended actions relies on completion of action to satisfy Safety Recommendation R-15-09. We understand that you plan to develop an employee training program, and that you planned to complete the recommended action by March 2016. We look forward to reviewing your new and revised training programs once they have been finalized. In the meantime, pending completion of this action as currently scheduled, Safety Recommendation R-15-10 is classified OPEN—ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE.

From: Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
To: NTSB
Date: 8/11/2015
Response: -From James M. Dougherty, Chief Safety Officer: This is in response to your February 11 , 2015, letter concerning the urgent safety recommendations (R-15-8 through-1 0) and your June 8, 2015, letter concerning safety recommendation R-15-25 issued by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concerning the investigation of the electrical arcing and smoke incident near the WMATA L'Enfant Plaza station in Washington, D.C., on January 12, 2015. This letter provides a status update for these four recommendations (see attached matrix including estimated completion dates). In addition, in the collective review of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) National Transportation Safety Board recommendation, the attached documentation is provided for your consideration to support the closure of recommendation R-15-8.