WASHINGTON — The new safety commission that will oversee the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority won’t be subject to the public records laws of Virginia, Maryland or Washington.
Citing a draft of the compact released Wednesday, the Richmond Times-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1qOwwWX ) reports that the Metrorail Safety Commission will use the federal Freedom of Information Act to adopt its own polities.
The commission will be permitted to withhold from public view the contents of any investigation reports as long as Virginia, Maryland and Washington leaders have full access to its records.
Director of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation Jennifer Mitchell says that the provision is based on an agreement between the three jurisdictions.
The commission is intended to replace the Tri-State Oversight Committee.