Below is a statement about the audit on the DC Circulator from the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Director Leif Dormsjo.
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is actively monitoring the performance of WMATA. DDOT proactively sought a third party independent audit of DC Circulator buses and with each audit, DDOT works with WMATA to ensure that any vehicles with safety defects are immediately pulled from service for repair. DDOT has seen substantial progress since the initial audit last August. The safety-related defect rate on Circulator buses has declined from 2.9 per bus to 0.5 per bus. The number of maintenance bays for Circulator buses has increased from two to three and the number of maintenance technicians has increased from four to six. These proactive measures were the result of pressure from WMATA as it fulfills its project management responsibilities per its agreement with DDOT. The next maintenance audit is planned in May 2016, and DDOT and WMATA will continue to use these audits as a tool to assess the condition of the fleet and ensure that all defects are identified and corrected as soon as possible. We have always emphasized to WMATA that safety is our first priority and we will continue to work with our partners but will also hold them accountable.
Leif A. Dormsjo