Metro: D.C.’s Economic Engine

A safe, reliable, and convenient Metro system is key to attracting and retaining a talented workforce as well as facilitating the connectivity of the region. Metro takes 1 million car trips off the road each day and cuts congestion by 25 percent, improving the quality of life for everyone in the District and metropolitan area. It is imperative that the regional transit system, regarded by many as America’s Metro, remains a viable transportation option.

A promise unfulfilled.

Metro has irrevocably changed the landscape of the metropolitan area. It has fostered new development and continues to make the DC region more livable by increasing access to jobs and housing, and improving mobility for disadvantaged populations. Metro has not, however, always lived up to its promise to serve as a safe, affordable, and reliable form of public transit.

Reform initiated.

Under the leadership of the FC2, the MetroNow coalition was instrumental in galvanizing support from elected officials in the District, Maryland, and Virginia to secure $500 million in new funding for the Metro system. The formula funding from these jurisdictions requires annual contributions of $178.5 million from D.C. $167 million from Maryland, and $154 million from Virginia over the next 10 years. The Federal City Council continues to work with local, state and federal leaders to work toward securing critical reforms that enhance transparency and accountability at WMATA.

Compelling reforms.

With a deep need for a new source of funding, the FC2 successfully sought an additional $500 million in dedicated, bondable funding from each jurisdiction to accompany and support needed changes in Metro’s governance and operations.

Latest on Metro reform.

Under the leadership of the FC2, the MetroNow coalition was instrumental in petitioning elected officials in the District, Maryland, and Virginia to secure $500 million in new funding for the Metro system. The formula funding from these jurisdictions requires $178.5 million from D.C. $167 million from Maryland, and $154 million from Virginia. The MetroNow coalition continues to work with local, state and federal leaders to work toward securing critical governance reforms that would include a smaller, more effective board of directors whose members possess predetermined expertise in transit and corporate governance.

Resources

Learn more about Metro Reform

More information is available about the FC2’s Metro Reform efforts in our FC2 newsletters and Catalyst magazines. You may also visit the MetroNow website.