The Director may take any action necessary to address emergency response planning and operations related to rail systems in the District including:
(1) Development of emergency response plans as may be required by the FTA for the DC Streetcar; and
(2) Coordination and support in accordance with the District Response Plan drafted by the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency regarding the planning for and response to emergencies involving rail systems in the District.
Section 501(d) of D.C. Law 21-254 provided that this section shall apply after the Mayor enters an agreement to participate in railroad investigative and surveillance activities with the Federal Railroad Administration ("FRA") and the FRA delegates investigative and surveillance authority with respect to all or any part of federal railroad safety laws pursuant to 49 C.F.R. § 212.105.
Applicability of D.C. Law 21-254: § 501 of D.C. Law 21-254 provided that the creation of this section by § 101(c) of D.C. Law 21-254 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.
Construction of Law
Section 401 of Law 21-254 provided that Law 21-254 shall be construed, and the authority granted under it shall be exercised, in a manner consistent with applicable federal laws and regulations.