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.
1.2+ Million Hours Lost Annually Due to Delays
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.
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