The DC Region’s Metro system is an indispensable part of our transportation network.

Metro connects our major transportation hubs, creates walkable urban places, and enhances both bicycling and walking as commuting options.

However, our Metro is in a state of crisis.

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1.2+ Million Hours Lost Annually Due to Delays

Declining Ridership

Metrorail Daily boardings

  • 750,000 (2008)
  • 722,000 (2014)
  • 713,000 (2015)

Customer-reported problematic experiences have increased by more than 300% since 2013

What’s Causing Metro’s Problems?

Metro’s problems are rooted in systemic challenges related to governance, funding, and operations, all of which are guided by the WMATA Compact.


Failures related to WMATA's governing structure are central to other issues plaguing the system. Absent significant reforms to Metro's governance, other reform efforts will be unsuccessful.


Metro funding comes from both rider fares and direct subsidies from the jurisdictions it serves. The lack of dedicated funding has continued to put pressure on riders and regional jurisdictions to fund rising costs.


Aging, crumbling infrastructure and deferred maintenance have led to an increasing number of safety incidents and a pronounced decrease in the reliability of the system. Under the current operating environment, WMATA is unable to take advantage of innovative solutions that would increase efficiency and productivity.

What is the Solution?

Install a temporary Control Board to stabilize Metro while addressing the issues of governance, funding and operations that are inhibiting the functionality and safety of the system.

Establish Control Board

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Adopt a new WMATA Compact

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Why a Control Board?

A Control Board would...

  • Stabilize Metro’s operations
  • Establish a baseline of facts, costs and solutions for a more efficient Metro
  • Re-establish a level of trust and confidence in Metro

Why a New Compact?

A new compact would...

  • Establish an effective governing model by creating a smaller, more accountable governing body
  • Increase safety and reliability by allowing Metro to embrace innovation and a balanced approach to operations
  • Establish predictable and reliable funding for Metro

The Status Quo is Unsustainable

The Time to Act is Now!

Learn more about the Federal City Council’s work on Metro. See our detailed approach.

Show your support for Metro reform

The Federal City Council has been working to develop a position and strategy on Metro reform. The purpose of this initiative is to execute a thought leadership effort with the goal of conditioning Metro stakeholders with thoughtful rationale and ideas for how to address the complex challenges beleaguering WMATA. FC2 is building a coalition of supporters to demonstrate the public’s interest in Metro reform. Join our coalition and to show local leaders that you support reform.