Metro is facing an immediate crisis in its operating budget. Due to falling ridership partially resultant of the ongoing SafeTrack maintenance program, Metro projects that it has a $295 million deficit for the upcoming fiscal year. If not addressed, the budget shortfall will likely result in service cuts and fare increases that will further drive riders away from the system--increasing traffic and causing Metro’s revenue to drop further. What share of funding the state is willing to contribute will be a major topic in the months ahead as we also ensure that Metro is making the most prudent use of allocated funds.
The creation of the new Metro Safety Commision also requires action from the State. The General Assembly needs to pass a bill--along with our WMATA Compact partners in D.C. and Virginia--to create a new independent safety oversight agency to ensure safety on the Metro system. The creation of this new independent safety oversight agency was ordered by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in late 2015, after the FTA assumed oversight of Metro.
The following meetings and speakers are scheduled for the 2017 WMATA-Metro Work Group. All meetings will take place at noon or when the House adjourns, whichever is earlier.
As always, the schedule is subject to change. Please contact Sean Emerson in my office with any questions at (301) 858-3649 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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