WMATA Washington D.C.

Role in This Project:

K & J has been supporting WMATA by providing safety and security certification support services as well as system safety, safety engineering, safety and security training, rules/procedures development, safety auditing and emergency management consulting services.

2021 Planned Activities

Safety certification activities:

  1. 8 Car Precision Station Stopping (PSS)    
  2. Auto Doors
  3. Stop and Proceed / Positive Train Stop    
  4. 6K SMP (Overhaul)    
  5. 8K RFP / Bid Proposal review 
  6. Tunnel Vacuum Train                  
  7. Escalator Canopies (phase 4)                        
  8. Swing Crane / MOW Vehicles          
  9. Radio Infrastructure Replacement (700 MHz)  
  10. Protran      
  11. Blue Line Power Upgrade
  12. Red, Green, Orange (RGO) Line Power Upgrade     
  13. Tagging Relay Pilot Program        
  14. Medical Center / MD. 355 Underpass Project      
  15. Station Platform Rehabilitation, Contract 1
  16. Station Platform Rehabilitation, Contract 2  
  17. Station Platform Rehabilitation, Contract 3    
  18. Station Platform Rehabilitation, Contract 4      
  19. Rehabilitation / Design of Three Pedestrian Bridges
  20. Rehabilitation / Design of Eight Segmental Bridges 
  21. Minnesota Ave Pier Cap Replacement 
  22. Silver Line Project           
  23. WMATA Deliverables                
  24. Potomac Yard Station                         
  25. Bladensburg Bus Division Design-Build Services
  26. Northern Bus Division Design-Build Services
  27. Rail Heavy Repair and Overhaul Facility (HROF)  
  28. ATC Upgrade Alexandria Yard                    
  29. Purple Line 
  30. I-66 Widening Certification Project
  31. Elevator Project Replacement
  32. System Wide Fare Gate Program                           
  33. Replacement of Drainage Pumping Stations
  34. RTU Replacement
  35. ATC Training Lab
  36. Safety Certification Training                   
  37. FLS / Safety Design Criteria Manual Development         
  38. Virginia Square / GMU Station Elevators
  39. Crystal City 2nd Mezzanine Addition                   
  40. CTF Communication Room Modification Design                   
  41. Station Entrance Modernization Contracts
    1. L’Enfant Station  
    2. Ballston Station  
    3. Metro Center  
  42. Solar Energy Systems

ADA / Egress Compliance Projects

 

2020

Safety Engineering On-Call Professional Services:

  • Oversee, assess and document safety oversight and certification:
  • Dulles Phase II Project – Primary duties for WMATA SAFE include review of the contractor’s design and construction changes via Notice of Design Changes and Field Design Changes from an overall system criticality, safety, long term inspection and maintenance perspectives.  This work effort has led to the identification of issues and suggestion of potential project revisions to eliminate, lessen or mitigate the undesirable safety condition(s).  Additional responsibilities in the safety and security certification process include project documentation reviews and updates; SSMP, SSCP, project required Safety Certification Procedures, Certifiable Items List (CIL), one hundred percent verification of the Design Conformance Checklist (for both Package A & B) and continued verification of the Construction and Startup Integration and Testing Conformance Checklists (CSC and SITC) via inspection of contract documentation to verify compliance with project specifications and criteria.  Continued identification and review of Hazards and Vulnerabilities during the construction and testing process to ensure acceptable project resolution to include incorporation of any required additional mitigations.  
  • Station Platform Rehabilitation WMATA 6 & 3 Projects – Primary duties for WMATA SAFE was limited to field verification of completed systems and post construction walkdowns.  
  • Station Platform Rehabilitation Phase 4 – safety certification
  • Provide necessary support, assistance and documentation of Internal Safety Audits
  • Oversee, assess and document safety oversight and certification:
  • Completed the 7000 Series Rail Car Safety Certification
  • 8000 Series Rail Car Specification Safety Design Review
  • Dulles Phase II Project – design, construction and integrated testing review and verification effort 
  • Dulles Phase II Project – Arts-in-Transit safety acceptance verification
  • Dulles Phase II Project – Automatic Fare Collection certification 
  • Dulles Phase II Project – Signage & Graphics certification
  • Dulles Phase II Project – NO6/NO7 tie-in certification
  • Radio Infrastructure Upgrade – verification support 
    • On-going certification efforts for Above Ground, Tunnel, and METRO Box certifiable items
  • Station Platform Rehabilitation (WMATA 6) (WMATA 4) (WMATA 3) – design review, verification of the contractor’s Conformance Checklist submissions via inspection of contract documentation to verify compliance with project specifications and criteria and identification and review of Hazards and Vulnerabilities during the design and construction process to ensure acceptable project resolution to include incorporation of additional mitigations.
  • Heavy repair overhaul facility – review PHAs and CILs in support of the project
  • Potomac Yard Station – SSCP, SSMP, CIL and PHA completed and approved by SCRC. TVA was completed. Design verification was completed in 2020. Currently conducting Construction verification. 
  • Purple Line (MTA) Interfaces with WMATA — safety certification has been stopped until further notice.
  • Northern Bus Garage Replacement Project – design has actually moved back to 60%. Draft PHA and CIL have been reviewed and approved by the SCWG. Waiting to submit to SCRC once IFC happens. 
  • Bladensburg Bus Division Project – early stages, safety certification
  • Heavy Repair Overhaul & New Carrollton Yard Project – early stages, safety certification
  • Research and drafted a comparison paper of various State Safety Oversight Agencies, regulations, program standards, codes, practices, and enforcement authority.
  • Conducted Hazard Analysis and Semi-Quantitative Safety Risk Evaluation of the existing traction power restoration procedure, interim traction power restoration procedure and “new” traction power restoration procedure.
  • Performed a Safety Integrity Level (SIL) Determination Study on the “Tagging Relay” intended to enhance the safety of the traction power de-energization and energization process for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).
  • Performing a Hazard Analysis and Semi-Quantitative Safety Risk Evaluation of the COVID-19 pandemic effects on transit systems.
  • Revised and expanded the safety section of the Rail Activation Plan for the WMATA Metrorail Phase 2 of the Dulles Corridor Silver Line project.
  • Completed a review of the Operational Hazard Analysis for the WMATA Metrorail Phase 2 of the Dulles Corridor Silver Line project.
  • Completed a review of the SSMP for the WMATA 8000 Series rail car procurement project.
  • Reviewed and provided comments on the Preliminary Hazard Analysis of the WMATA Drainage Pumping Station Rehabilitation project at 13 locations.
  • Initiated development of a Pandemic Response Plan, for future pandemics. 
  • Reviewed the Preliminary Hazard Analysis for the WMATA Automatic Train Control Laboratory rehabilitation project.
  • Developed a Preliminary Hazard Analysis for the WMATA Greenbelt Yard Pilot Automatic Wayside Inspection System (AWIS) project.

Assessment of WMATA Rail Traffic Controller Program

  • K& J provided expertise in assessing the Rail Traffic Controller (RTC) training program at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). The training was revised to make it a highly efficient and productive training program, including a determination of the optimal training subjects, methods of delivering classroom and on-the-job (OJT) training and reduced the of overall duration of time consumed in training by six days. In addition, to delivering a revised training program, the K&J team provided forty-four recommendations to increase the overall safety and productivity within the ROCC.
 

Assessment of WMATA Traction Power Restoration Process 

  • K&J provided expertise in assessing the Rail Traffic Controller (RTC) training program at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). The training was revised to make it a highly efficient and productive training program, including a determination of the optimal training subjects, methods of delivering classroom and on-the-job (OJT) training and reduced the of overall duration of time consumed in training by six days. In addition, to delivering a revised training program, the K&J team provided forty-four recommendations to increase the overall safety and productivity within the ROCC.

 

2019

1:  Safety Engineering On-Call Professional Services:

  • Oversee, assess and document safety oversight and certification:
    • Dulles Phase II Project – design and construction review and verification efforts.  Primary duties for WMATA SAFE include review of the contractor’s design package submittals from an overall system criticality, safety, long term inspection and maintenance perspectives.  This work effort has led to the identification of issues and suggestion of potential revisions to eliminate, lessen or mitigate the undesirable safety condition(s).  Additional responsibilities in the safety and security certification process include project documentation reviews and updates; SSMP, SSCP, project required Safety Certification Procedures, Certifiable Items List (CIL), Design and Construction Conformance Checklists (DCC & CSC), verification of the contractor’s Conformance Checklist submissions via inspection of contract documentation to verify compliance with project specifications and criteria and identification and review of Hazards and Vulnerabilities during the design and construction process to ensure acceptable project resolution to include incorporation of additional mitigations.  
  • Provide necessary support, assistance and documentation of Internal Safety Audits
  • Oversee, assess and document safety oversight and certification:
    • 7000 Series Rail Car Safety Certification
    • 8000 Series Rail Car Specification Safety Design Review
    • Dulles Phase II Project – design and construction review and verification effort 
    • Dulles Phase II Project – Arts-in-Transit certification support
    • Dulles Phase II Project – Non-Revenue Vehicles certification support
    • Dulles Phase II Project – Automatic Fare Collection certification support
    • Dulles Phase II Project – Signage & Graphics certification support
    • Dulles Phase II Project – ROCC tie-in certification support
    • Andrews Federal Center Bus Garage – certification completed October 2019
    • Radio Infrastructure Upgrade – verification support 
    • Rehabilitation/Design of 3 Pedestrian Bridges – verification support
    • Rehabilitation/Design of 8 Segmental Bridges – verification support
    • Station Platform Rehabilitation & Double Crossover (WMATA 6) – design review, verification of the contractor’s Conformance Checklist submissions via inspection of contract documentation to verify compliance with project specifications and criteria and identification and review of Hazards and Vulnerabilities during the design and construction process to ensure acceptable project resolution to include incorporation of additional mitigations, 6 stations reopened in September 2019.
    • Potomac Yard Station – SSCP, CIL and PHA completed and approved by SCRC. SSMP is in draft format still. TVA is being conducted by the designers ARUP. Construction trailers are set. SCWG meetings taking place monthly
    • Purple Line (MTA) Interfaces with WMATA — safety certification
    • Northern Bus Garage Replacement Project – early stages, safety certification
    • Bladensburg Bus Division Project – early stages, safety certification
    • Heavy Repair Overhaul & New Carrollton Yard Project – early stages, safety certification
    • Safety and Security Certification of the accelerated six (6) Station, two (2) Drainage Pumping Station, three (3) Fan Shafts, and a Pedestrian Bridge rehabilitation project.
    • Performed an assessment of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), Office of Track and Structures’ leak injection grouting process.
    • Station Platform Rehabilitation Phase 2 – safety certification
    • Station Platform Rehabilitation Phase 3 – safety certification

 

2018

1:  Safety Engineering On-Call Professional Services:

  • Oversee, assess and document safety oversight and certification:
    • Dulles Phase II Project – design and construction review and verification efforts.  Primary duties for WMATA SAFE include review of the contractor’s design package submittals from an overall system criticality, safety, long term inspection and maintenance perspectives.  This work effort has led to the identification of issues and suggestion of potential revisions to eliminate, lessen or mitigate the undesirable safety condition(s).  Additional responsibilities in the safety and security certification process include project documentation reviews and updates; SSMP, SSCP, project required Safety Certification Procedures, Certifiable Items List (CIL), Design and Construction Conformance Checklists (DCC & CSC), verification of the contractor’s Conformance Checklist submissions via inspection of contract documentation to verify compliance with project specifications and criteria and identification and review of Hazards and Vulnerabilities during the design and construction process to ensure acceptable project resolution to include incorporation of additional mitigations.  
  • Provide necessary support, assistance and documentation of Internal Safety Audits
  • Oversee, assess and document safety oversight and certification:
    • 7000 Series Rail Car Safety Certification
    • 8000 Series Rail Car Specification Safety Design Review
    • Dulles Phase II Project – design and construction review and verification effort 
    • Dulles Phase II Project – Arts-in-Transit certification support
    • Dulles Phase II Project – Non-Revenue Vehicles certification support
    • Dulles Phase II Project – Automatic Fare Collection certification support
    • Dulles Phase II Project – Signage & Graphics certification support
    • Dulles Phase II Project – ROCC tie-in certification support
    • Andrews Federal Center Bus Garage – certification support
    • Radio Infrastructure Upgrade – verification support 
    • Rehabilitation/Design of 3 Pedestrian Bridges – verification support
    • Rehabilitation/Design of 8 Segmental Bridges – verification support
    • Station Platform Rehabilitation & Double Crossover – verification support
    • Potomac Yard Station – early stages of design review.
    • Red Line Rehab Project – design review and verification report generation
    • Greenbelt Test Track/Commissioning Facility – design review and verification report generation
    • Purple Line (MTA) Interfaces with WMATA — safety certification

 

2017

1:  Safety Engineering On-Call Professional Services:

  • Provide necessary support, assistance and documentation of Internal Safety Audits
  • Oversee, assess and document safety oversight and certification:
    • 7000 Series Rail Car Safety Certification
    • 8000 Series Rail Car Specification Safety Design Review
    • Dulles Phase II Project – design and construction review and verification efforts. 
    • Dulles Phase I Project – Arts-in-Transit certification efforts.
    • Andrews Federal Center Bus Garage – verification efforts.
    • Radio Infrastructure Upgrade – early stages of the project to upgrade the radio infrastructure for Metro rail. 
    • Redline Rehab Project – verification efforts.
    • Greenbelt Test Track/Commissioning Facility – verification efforts.
    • Purple Line (MTA) Interfaces with WMATA — safety certification
  • Facilities Fire System Assessments – (1) Metro rail station a month is having a fire assessment conducted.
  • Perform various Hazard Analysis as requested; including 
    • N Line Emergency Ladder Landing Boards
    • Vehicle Ladder deployment
      • Investigate after action report findings – Ladder configuration and deployment, existing track construction configuration and training,  
    • West Falls Church Yard Service and Inspection Facility – Cracking found in shop floor,
    • Shady Grove Turntable Assessment; Tracks 7N and 8N.

 

2016

1:  Safety Engineering On-Call Professional Services:

  • Provide necessary support, assistance and documentation of Internal Safety Audits
  • Oversee, assess and document safety oversight and certification:
    • 7000 Series Rail Car Safety Certification
    • Dulles Phase II Project – design review and verification efforts. 
    • Dulles Phase I Project – Arts-in-Transit certification efforts.
    • Andrews Federal Center Bus Garage – verification efforts.
    • Radio Infrastructure Upgrade – early stages of the project to upgrade the radio infrastructure for Metro rail. 
    • Redline Rehab Project – verification efforts.
    • Greenbelt Test Track/Commissioning Facility – verification efforts.
  • Facilities Fire System Assessments – (1) Metro rail station a month is having a fire assessment conducted.
  • Perform various Hazard Analysis as requested; including 
    • N Line Emergency Ladder Landing Boards
    • Vehicle Ladder deployment
      • Investigate after action report findings – Ladder configuration and deployment, existing track construction configuration and training,  
    • West Falls Church Yard Service and Inspection Facility – Cracking found in shop floor,
    • Shady Grove Turntable Assessment; Tracks 7N and 8N.

 

2015

1:  Safety Engineering On-Call Professional Services:

  • Provide necessary support, assistance and documentation of Internal Safety Audits
  • Oversee, assess and document safety oversight and certification:
    • 7000 Series Rail Car Safety Certification
    • Dulles Phase II Project – design review and verification efforts. 
    • Silver Spring Transit Center – verification was completed and closed on September 16, 2015
    • Andrews Federal Center Bus Garage – design review completed and notice to proceed was granted
    • Radio Infrastructure Upgrade – early stages of the project to upgrade the radio infrastructure for Metro rail. 
  • Facilities Fire System Assessments – (1) Metro rail station a month is having a fire assessment conducted.
  • Perform various Hazard Analysis as requested 

 

2014

1:  Safety Engineering On-Call Professional Services:

  • Provide necessary support, assistance and documentation of Internal Safety Audits
  • Completed Dulles Phase I Project – Safety and Security Verification
  • Oversee, assess and document safety oversight and certification:
    • 7000 Series Rail Car Safety Certification
    • Dulles Phase II Project – Safety and Security Verification
    • Silver Spring Transit Center
    • Andrews Federal Center Bus Garage
    • Infrastructure Renewal Program – Safety Certification
  • Documentation & Process Improvement:
    • Review of all existing safety policies, procedures, instructions and protocols to ensure relevancy
    • Assist in the development and timeliness of periodic external reporting requirements
  • Facilities Fire system Assessments
  • Assess and document current configuration management relative to SSSP
  • Assess and develop standards and procedures for Safety Department
  • Develop Hazard Management and Assessment guide

 

2013

1:  Safety Engineering On-Call Professional Services:

  • Provide necessary support, assistance and documentation of Internal Safety Audits
  • Oversee, assess and document safety oversight and certification:
    • Dulles Project – Safety and Security Certification
    • 7000 Series Rail Car Safety Certification
    • Infrastructure Renewal Program – Safety Certification
  • Documentation & Process Improvement:
    • Review of all existing safety policies, procedures, instructions and protocols to ensure relevancy
    • Assist in the development and timeliness of periodic external reporting requirements
  • Facilities Fire system Assessments
  • Assess and document current configuration management relative to SSSP
  • Assess and develop standards and procedures for Safety Department
  • Develop Hazard Management and Assessment guide

 

2010 – 2012

1: Technical Assistance to Address Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Tri-State Oversight Committee (TOC) Safety Recommendations:

  • Conduct an assessment to identify the resources and expertise necessary for the Safety Department to carry out the activities specified in WMATA’s System Safety Program Plan, TOC’s safety oversight program standard and procedures and WMATA’s Safety Rules and Procedures Manual
  • Assist WMATA to update Procedure Number 2.1/0 and Section 6 of the SSPP to develop a hazard management process in compliance with TOC’s program standard that requires that all departments participate in an on-going manner
  • Assist WMATA to develop a plan to ensure that adequate technical and personnel resources are in place to perform system-wide hazard analysis as required in 49 CFR Part 659 and TOC’s Program Standard
  • Assist WMATA to develop an internal process to require the communication of safety-related information across the WMATA departments, including assessments regarding the impacts of budget cuts and resource constraints on the performance of maintenance activities and requirements
  • Assist WMATA to develop a process to require that proposed rules or operational changes are assessed for effectiveness prior to system-wide implementation
  • Assist WMATA to determine how formal hazard analysis regarding changes made to rules and administrative procedures affecting the safety of workers on the right-of-way can be incorporated into WMATA’s rules revision process.
  • Assist TOC and WMATA in developing an effective and sustainable internal safety audit program
  • Assist WMATA in implementing findings and recommendations from the U.S.DOT.