FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 9, 2017
Stewart Schwartz, Coalition for Smarter Growth
TJ Ducklo, Greater Washington Partnership
WASHINGTON, DC — In response to reporting today about a stopgap spending measure for the Metrorail system, a diverse group of regional stakeholders representing Metro riders, businesses, nonprofits and advocates are calling for more urgent action to transform Metro—immediately.
A one-year funding patch for Metro repairs is short-sighted and does not prioritize the system or a long-term solution. Taking action in the legislative sessions starting in January 2018 is critical. We cannot delay until 2019 when the needs today are so urgent. Failure to address Metro’s funding and governance crisis immediately is not an option.
A temporary stopgap measure is simply not sufficient to support the types of changes necessary to bring Metro—and the regional economy as a whole—into the future effectively. Voters are expecting our elected leaders to stand up and lead. In a recent survey, 70 percent of registered voters from across the region said they would support an increase in public funding to improve the Metrorail system.
Funding alone is not enough to transform Metro into the transit system we need. Comprehensive reform across funding, governance and operations will bring about the greatest benefit to the region and the people who depend on Metro every day. A safe and reliable public transit system will strengthen the region’s economic growth, help make the area more environmentally friendly, and improve the quality of life for our growing population.
We are continuing to work with our elected leaders to make sure Metro continues to power our region’s success for the long term.
Federal City Council
Greater Washington Board of Trade
Greater Washington Partnership
Coalition for Smarter Growth
Greater Greater Washington
Maryland Center on Economic Policy
Northern Virginia Affordable Housing Alliance
Washington Area Bicyclist Association
Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce
Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers
Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance
DC Sustainable Transportation
The Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce