To authorize the Secretary of Transportation to establish national safety standards for transit agencies operating heavy rail on fixed guideway.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``National Metro Safety Act''.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
Congress makes the following findings: (1) Every weekday more than 7,000,000 people board rail transit vehicles in the United States. (2) Despite the National Transportation Safety Board's recommendations to the Federal Transit Administration to establish and enforce Federal safety standards for transit agencies operating heavy rail on fixed guideway, the Federal Transit Administration has not taken action because of a perceived absence of authority to establish such standards. (3) The Federal Transit Administration has not established minimum Federal standards that govern the structural crashworthiness of heavy rail passenger cars on fixed guideway. (4) The National Transportation Safety Board concluded that the failure to have minimum crashworthiness standards places an unnecessary risk on passengers and crew. (5) The Federal Transit Administration does not have any requirements that rail transit cars be equipped with means for safe and rapid emergency responder entry and passenger evacuation. (6) Although the installation of data recorders on rail transit cars would help investigators determine the factors contributing to crashes, the Federal Transit Administration does not require such installation. (7) Although the National Transportation Safety Board has expressed concern that the hours of service practices of transit agencies do...