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District of Columbia Transit Authority
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Company data
Founded byUnited States Congress
CountryUnited States of America
LocationsWashington, D.C.

The District of Columbia Transit Authority (DCTA) was a pre-War government agency responsible for maintaining the rapid transit system in the District of Columbia and adjoining boroughs, as well as portions of the urban infrastructure.


The DCTA handled rapid transit in Washington, D.C. as well as connecting areas of Virginia and Maryland. The extensive, intensely marketed network of Metro tunnels serviced thousands of customers on a daily basis, allowing them to bypass congested streets and reach different areas of the city with ease. In order to deal with labor shortages as a result of the protracted Sino-American War, DCTA implemented Protectrons as security and automated gatekeepers.[1] Employees were also provided with standard issue military-grade laser pistols for protection against an expected Communist insurgency on American soil.[2]

The agency made extensive used of union contracts, like the Maintenance Service Union Contract, to determine the rights and obligations of its employees, which also outlined contract termination conditions.[3] The DCTA Regulatory Committee handled these affairs as well as other disciplinary affairs. It also handled publications familiarizing employees with their duties, like the DCTA Employee Handbook.[2] It was also a significant client for many of the local businesses, including the robot repair center.[4]

The Great War has destroyed the DCTA. The collapse of society and abandonment of the nation by its leaders led to widespread chaos. While reclamation efforts were undertaken by the DCTA and emergency services, the lack of coordination and oversight slowly dismantled them. By 2277, the only thing that remains of the agency are the crumbling Metro tunnels inhabited by raiders, super mutants, and feral ghouls and artifacts picked out from the rubble by scavengers.

Behind the scenes



  1. Protectron: ""
    (Protectron's dialogue (Fallout 3))
    Presence of Protectrons at metro stations and their dialogue.
  2. 2.0 2.1 DCTA laser firearms protocol: "Congratulations on receiving your new DCTA Standard-Issue Laser Pistol!
    Please take a few minutes to go over the guidelines posted in the DCTA Employee Handbook; Section 28.1.1.b, and reprinted below for your convenience.
    Section 28.1.1.b - Proper Laser Pistol Usage
    It should be noted that all DCTA property should be handled with the utmost care, and used only when necessary. Maintaining personal safety during a Communist attack is a good example of proper usage of your standard issue laser pistol. However, rodent population control is an inappropriate use and subject to disciplinary action, as noted in Section 11.3.5.c
    Section 28.1.1.b.1 - Maintaining Safe Conditions With the Laser Pistol
    Using this laser pistol in the DCTA Metro facility can be beneficial in many ways, but the operator must observe his or her surroundings before deciding to fire. The subway utility pipes often serve as conduit to transport highly flammable gasses. Firing the laser pistol in the presence of a gas leak could cause an undesired explosion and/or severe personal injury.
    Section 28.1.1.b.2 - Operating the Laser Pistol Within Proper Specifications
    It is required that all DCTA Employees keep the laser pistol pulse energy, length and repetition rate within the specifications diagrammed in the Laser Pistol User's Manual. Failure to do so could result in severe reprimands from the DCTA Regulatory Committee as well as serious personal injury."
  3. MDCTA Service Access Terminal" "Due to a class seven system failure, all service engineers are required to report for duty. Failure to report will result in termination per clause 45.7a of the Maintenance Service Union Contract."
  4. Terminal entries