CONGRESSMAN CHRIS VAN HOLLEN

Maryland’s 8th District

For Immediate Release

August 28, 2015

CONTACT:  Bridgett Frey – 202-225-5384

Ian Jannetta – 202-225-1527

Van Hollen Statement on WMATA Report on Silver Line Derailment

Washington, DC – Today Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen released the following statement on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) incident report on the August 6, 2015 Silver Line derailment: 

“It should not have taken a derailment for WMATA to identify the potential for human error in the track inspection process. This incident points to a broader lack of checks and balances and a deficient culture of safety at Metro. These are unacceptable safety lapses that simply cannot be tolerated in a system that more than 700,000 people rely on every day, including many of my constituents. I join every Metro rider in demanding nothing less than immediate action to solve the multiple problems outlined in this report.”