Emile C. Smith, District of Columbia, Chair (rotates by jurisdiction, 2-year term), 2016

Appointed by Maryland Secretary of Transportation: Joseph Tebo, Jr.; Larry White; Harold G. (Bud) Frank, alternate.

Appointed by Virginia Secretary of Transportation: David Harlan; Sharmila Samarasinghe.

Appointed by District of Columbia Director of Transportation: Klara Baryshev; Emile C. Smith.

Staff: Harold G. (Bud) Frank

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Under federal law, all states with a defined rail transit system not under the jurisdiction of the Federal Railroad Administration must have a state safety and security oversight agency. The Tri-State Oversight Committee serves as that agency for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (encompassing Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia), which operates the Washington Metro metrorail system, Metrobus, and MetroAccess. The Committee organized in 1997 through a memorandum of understanding as a joint effort of the Maryland Department of Transportation, the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation, and District of Columbia Department of Transportation.

Each state safety oversight agency is mandated to develop a program standard for the transit system's safety and security plans; approve the safety and security plans; investigate certain accidents and hazardous conditions; require development of corrective action plans to address safety deficiencies; and approve any corrective action plans. At least every three years, the agency is to independently review the implementation of the safety and security plans.

Members of the Oversight Committee represent the jurisdictions served by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, created by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Regulation Compact of 1965.

In October 2015, the Federal Transit Administration began safety oversight of the Metro subway system as well.

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