An example he referenced was the WMATA crash and that there were numerous reports that the monitors had been having trains go dark on the screens for a couple years and that staff knew there was a train there, that it would come back in a couple minutes. “That’s the kind of information that doesn’t sit at a middle level in a safety management system.” He stressed, “That’s critical. That information didn’t get to someone responsible for safety. That was a huge failure that killed people.”
There was a question regarding the required safety data and liability. Other modes have gotten legal protections to access that data, Rogoff said. “It was a matter of law. We can’t necessarily shield that data.” He continued, “All of you are gathering some safety data that is not shielded now. I think by having a more robust system some people are concerned that will assist plaintiffs automatically.
“That’s not necessarily the case, but I understand the fear and anxiety.”
Rogoff emphasized that this is not the last dialogue. In the next few weeks there will be a “Dear Colleague Letter” and a question and answer document. “We invite the public comment on it and encourage people to take notice and make comment.” He added, “We need you to help us. Stay on top of this.”
Additional information and updates can be found on the FTA’s website.