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Metro is fundamental to the region’s long-term success, and COG is working with area leaders to ensure the system’s safety and reliability. COG’s recent work has involved action on various fronts. A technical panel of city and county managers and financial experts analyzed Metro’s needs as well as options for how the region’s localities can help meet those needs. The analysis is helping inform a strategy group of elected officials tasked with developing recommendations to help steer Metro toward a solid financial foundation.

COG has also supported the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia in creating an independent Metrorail Safety Commission that will assume safety oversight of the system from the Federal Transit Administration.

In addition, the COG Fire Chiefs Committee has worked with Metro to conduct regular exercises, make improvements to underground communications, and ensure a fire and rescue liaison is in the system’s operations center. COG has coordinated with public and private partners to share information and help reduce traffic impacts during Metro’s SafeTrack initiative. And COG has partnered with the Greater Washington Board of Trade in organizing major Metro forums for area leaders.

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