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Metro Reform

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.

 

Governance

  • 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. 

Funding

  • 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

Operations

  • 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:

Please contact Emeka Moneme (emoneme@federalcitycouncil.org) for more information and to get involved.