Let's Fully Fund Metro
In order to right the ship at Metro and provide safe, frequent, and reliable service with reasonable fares, Metro needs dedicated funding to the tune of $500m a year. Without it, FY2019 will see more service cuts and fare hikes. The Maryland and Virginia state legislative sessions get underway this week, and now is the time to act to win funding!
We’re working with the League of Women Voters of the National Capital Area and the Fund It Fix It Coalition, to reach our common goal: a strong, safe Metro system with frequent, reliable service.
Metro is vital to our community. Stand with us today!
Join the Metro Funding Action Team
About the Team
The Metro Funding Action Team is comprised of League members within the metropolitan region working together in DC, Maryland, and Virginia to ensure a strong, safe, and reliable Metro system.
- Virginia League members have been attending and reporting on all relevant meeting on the topic, meeting with legislators, and continuing to educate Virginians on the importance of a dedicated funding source for Metro.
- League members from Maryland have also been meeting with their legislators, collecting petition signatures and are planning a Lunch a Learn event for legislators in Annapolis on March 1.
- Once dedicated funding for Metro is secured in VA and MD, our focus will move to DC.
Call for Volunteers
We are currently calling for volunteers to join the Metro Funding Action Team to work with LWVNCA and our coalition with education, engagement, and advocacy in DC.
The Fund It Fix It Coaltion
Since early 2017, CSG has led the 22-member Fund It Fix It coalition of regional nonprofits, teaming up with the Sierra Club, League of Women Voters, and other transit and environmental advocates. Together, we have communicated the urgency of Metro’s situation and built support for dedicated funding. Here are our core set of principles:
- Dedicated funding for Metro: In order for Metro to be a world-class transit system, we must identify additional sources of revenue for WMATA that are sufficiently reliable and bondable. Agreement on new revenues is essential before the end of fiscal year 2018.
- Near-term budget solutions: State and local jurisdictions must provide the additional operating funds necessary to avoid drastic service cuts that will put Metro on the path toward a ‘death spiral.’
- Frequent and reliable service: Operating budget issues will not be solved by further service cuts. Frequent service is essential for attracting and retaining riders and supporting our booming transit-oriented economy. Providing efficient rail and bus service must be a top priority for regional officials, and should include priority bus corridors and dedicated bus lanes to the maximum extent possible.
Major reports on Metro:
- COG reports that over the next 10 years, we are facing a $7.4 billion budget gap ($1.3 billion for operations and maintenance and $6.2 billion for capital needs like buses, railcars, vehicle parts, and track systems).
- General Manager Wiedefeld proposes cutting labor costs and asks for a dedicated revenue source of $500 million per year from DC, MD, and VA, but leaves the source up to the jurisdictions.
- Federal City Council wants to re-open WMATA’s governing compact, create an emergency financial control board, and proposes a 1% sales tax as a dedicated funding source along with a special property assessment within a half-mile of Metro stations.
- Metro’s largest union, ATU 689, focuses on dedicated funding via special real estate tax districts and airport rental car taxes, labor-management safety partnerships, no service cuts and a modified flat fare system, among other proposals.