Metro provides a key competitive advantage for the region by providing access to jobs and opportunities for residents. The region cannot survive without this critical piece of transportation infrastructure – our regional transit system, which is regarded by many as America’s Subway.
Metro has changed the landscape of the metropolitan area, fostered new development, increased our area’s global competitiveness, and continues to make our region more livable, increase access to jobs, housing, and entertainment, improve mobility for disadvantaged populations, and remains a powerful engine of social change and growth. However, Metro is not living up to its promise of public transportation: to be a safe, affordable, and reliable means of transportation.
FC2’s Metro Reform Efforts
On June 22, 2017 the Federal City Council, and other representatives of the business community, came together to call on the Mayor, Governors and USDOT Secretary to take bold action, through a series of bold and innovative reforms, to put Metro on a sustainable path. A coalition of thirty-four (34) organizations have signed onto a letter that outlines the reforms to governance, funding and operations that are critical to the long term success of Metro. We are hopeful that our position will inform and frame thinking about a proposal that all parties can agree upon.
FC2’s Metro reform efforts are rooted in the belief that effective reform requires changes to Metro’s governance, funding, and operational structures.
- A smaller, more effective board of directors: Reduce the number of directors to 5; require directors to have expertise in specialized areas, including transit operations, management, finance and safety; and ensure that the sole fiduciary responsibility of the Board of Directors is to the organization
- Establish a temporary reform board to stabilize the agency and serve as a “bridge” to a new WMATA Compact.
- A minimum of $500m in dedicated and bondable funding from each jurisdiction
- Each jurisdiction has the ability to identify its own source of this funding
- Implement service and operational changes that result in improved safety, reliability and ongoing operational sustainability
To learn more about FC2’s work on Metro Reform, see the following:
- Poll: DC region likes Metro, backs more public funding
- Guest Comment: The business community is sounding off on Metro
- 21 D.C.-area business groups agree on plan to fix Metro’s finances, governance
- FC2 Deputy Executive Director Emeka Moneme on Kojo Nnamdi show
- Business coalition letter to Mayor Bowser, Governor Hogan, Governor McAuliffe, and USDOT Secretary Chao
- Learn more about FC2’s detailed Metro reform proposal
- Infographic: FC2 Metro Reform Approach
- Washington Business Journal editorial published March 1
- WTOP editorial published March 1
- The Washington Post editorial published on February28
- The Washington Times op-ed submitted by FC2 CEO and Executive Director Tony Williams published on December 20
- The Washington Post op-ed submitted by FC2 Officers Bob Flanagan and Ed Walter published on November 18
- The Washington Post editorial published on November 1
- The Washington Post article by Reporter Robert McCartney published on November 1
- Oversight Subcommittee Hearing video
- Hearing summary blog post
Please contact Emeka Moneme (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information and to get involved.