The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is sponsoring the Close Call Reporting Program, in partnership with Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), Local 689 (L-689) and the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). This program is intended to:
improve rail transit safety by collecting reports on near miss incidents, determining root causes of unsafe conditions, and developing appropriate preventative safety actions; and
provide WMATA employees with a confidential platform to voluntarily report close call events without fear of disciplinary action.
BTS will disseminate information on trends of reported close call events to support WMATA's continuing efforts to improve safety. In addition, BTS will measure the reporting system's impact on safety by analyzing employee reporting patterns over time.