Rep. Steny Hoyer visits DC Metro headquarters

The recently approved $105 billion transportation bill expanded the federal government's ability to regulate public transportation agencies like WMATA. The change gives the federal government power, for the first time, to do more than tie safety requirements to future funding.

Previously, agencies like WMATA were overseen only by regional panels like a tri-state committee composed of officials from D.C., Maryland and Virginia that inspects Metro. 

Below is a picture Hoyer tweeted of himself and Metro GM Sarles: