- Associated Press - Friday, May 27, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - 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 (https://bit.ly/1qOwwWX ) reports 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 the provision is based on an agreement among the three jurisdictions.

The commission was formed replace the Tri-State Oversight Committee, which the federal government called ineffective following frequent safety and service failings.

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