Local leaders sign directive to create Metro safety commission

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Leaders from Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia are releasing draft legislation that would create a commission to oversee safety on Metro.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced in a statement Wednesday that the first draft of an interstate compact to create the Metrorail Safety Commission will be reviewed in coming weeks. The legislation will be introduced before the D.C. Council later this year and the general assemblies in Maryland and Virginia next year.

McAuliffe signed an executive directive Wednesday instructing Virginia transportation officials to create and staff the commission and giving them authority to ensure that Metro complies with safety directives, including withholding funds.