Right now, we’re working with two different coalitions, MetroNow and Fund It Fix It, to reach our common goal: a strong, safe Metro system with frequent, reliable service.
Metro is vital to our community. Stand with us today!
On January 8, 2018, we launched MetroNow, a business and nonprofit coalition for Metro funding and reform. We’re proud to stand with business leaders including the Greater Washington Partnership, Federal City Council, Greater Washington Board of Trade, the 2030 Group, and Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce to make comprehensive Metro reforms a reality in 2018.
MetroNow, with 37 members (and counting), will be working to convince regional leaders in Maryland, Virginia, and the District to get Metro the fixes it needs this year:
- Funding: At least $500 million/year in new, dedicated and bondable funding, with DC, MD, and VA each responsible for their fair share
- Governance: Reforms that create a smaller, independent board focused on outcomes for the entire system to ensure long-term durability
- Operational efficiency: Providing safe, frequent, and reliable transit, increased ridership, and reasonable fares that contribute to the overall quality of life and economic success of the region.
Do you agree? Then sign the MetroNow petition right now. >>
Fund It Fix It coalition
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.
Why governance reform?
General Manager Wiedefeld’s leadership has been a necessary first step in righting the system, but politicians and the public alike are leery, after years of rehabilitation programs like SafeTrack and Back2Good, of giving the system more funding without governance reform. Governance reform appears to be a political necessity to getting the votes we need for dedicated funding.
What are we doing right now?
With MetroNow, and with our other coalition partners, we will be in Annapolis, Richmond, and DC, working to raise awareness, rally supporters, and win dedicated funding and reform for Metro. We’re working on advocacy days, forums, and other ways for you to get involved. Ready to roll up your sleeves and help too?
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.
CSG press releases and statements on Metro:
- MetroNow press release
- Business and nonprofit organizations reject stopgap approach to funding Metro
- RELEASE: Non-profit advocacy groups urge regional consensus on dedicated funding for WMATA FY2019 budget
- RELEASE: Regional groups respond to MWCOG report and call for dedicated funding for Metro
- Statement on WMATA General Manager Paul Wiedefeld’s ‘New Business Model’ proposal
- RELEASE: It’s time – elected leaders must fund Metro now
- WMATA’s official FY2018 budget page
- Reality Check budget explained by GGWash
See where CSG stands in these articles on Metro:
- Almost everyone agrees WMATA needs funding
- “Metro funding proposed from D.C., Maryland, Virginia sales tax, outsourcing of union jobs”
- Union dissent highlights difficulty of enacting Wiedefeld’s rescue plan for Metro
- Metro’s GM: The System Needs $15.5 Billion and A New Business Plan
- Metro fare hikes, service cuts move a step closer to reality
- Metro Board Approves Fare Hikes, Service Cuts Effective July 1
- Metro committee approves service cuts, fare hikes
- Metro board advances fare hikes and service cuts, advocates warn ridership decline will worsen