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The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is a non-federal tri-jurisdictional agency authorized by Congress, and funded by the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland that operates transit service in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. WMATA operates bus service under the Metrobus brand and rapid transit service under the Metrorail brand.


For the details of the rail system, see Washington Metro.

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WMATA - definition of WMATA in Encyclopedia (162 words)
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is a non-federal tri-jurisdictional agency authorized by Congress, and funded by the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland that operates transit service in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
WMATA was created on February 10, 1967, and broke ground for its train system in 1969.
WMATA's bus system is a successor to four privately-owned bus companies, which were sold to WMATA in 1973.
Safety Review of Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) (19048 words)
As WMATA implemented a number of questionable policies in the months prior to the January 1996 accident, there was no countervailing force at work in the agency to question these policies and subject them to a proper and disciplined analysis.
WMATA facilities, including the headquarters, are noticeably bare of safety awareness posters or other messages; the safety awards program for employees has been dismantled; and safety-related articles in employee publications are infrequent.
WMATA personnel interviewed acknowledged that station overruns under automatic train operation (ATO) were a problem, which they characterized as a "passenger inconvenience." Universally, they confidently expressed their assurance that overruns were not a safety issue.
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