Bus

D.C. Metro receives $75M in state funds

Posted on February 27, 2014

Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (Metro) received an increased capital commitment of $75 million from Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and District of Columbia Mayor Vincent C. Gray.

Metro GM/CEO Richard Sarles said that the funding marked an important down payment toward Metro's "Momentum" strategic plan to reduce crowding and add system capacity.

"Thanks to the strong leadership of Mayor Gray and Governors O'Malley and McAuliffe, we can continue our rebuilding efforts and lay the foundation for all eight-car trains, with power upgrades, Union Station and Gallery Place station expansion designs, and buses for priority corridors," he added.

Momentum, Metro's strategic plan, builds on the Metro Forward capital program, which is rebuilding the system and making key safety and reliability improvements, according to Metro. The strategic plan addresses growing crowding and outlines near-term goals for 2025 along with the steps that Metro must take to prepare for coming regional population and economic growth.

The plan also ensures that Metro never returns to a time when the system's tracks, escalators, trains and buses are not maintained to today's safety and reliability standards. For riders, Momentum will mean more trains; reduced crowding; faster buses; brighter, safer, easier-to-navigate Metrorail stations; and improved customer information systems.

The Metro board unanimously approved the Momentum strategic plan in June 2013. Since then, Metro board members, stakeholders and senior managers, partnering with business community leaders and transit advocates, have been working to inform and build support from riders, organizations, jurisdictions and regional employers.

Today, more than 60 organizations and more than 2,000 individuals have endorsed the Momentum plan. According to the transit system, riders and stakeholders have said overwhelmingly that increasing capacity with eight-car train service is the most important investment priority for Metro.

The region’s transportation network increasingly depends on a robust Metro system to leverage other investments, including:

  • Washington, D.C.’s plans for streetcars to provide another critical transit link.
  • During rush hours, thousands of passengers will transfer between Metrorail and Maryland’s Purple Line, adding even more riders to the Red Line.
  • Roughly $18 billion worth of investment is planned or proposed for Tysons near Silver Line stops. That growth must not be limited by rail congestion in the downtown core of the Metrorail system.
  • Adding buses to busy corridors, along with bus-priority lanes and traffic signal priority for buses, will enable Metro to better compete with cars on the road and meet the growing ridership which is being driven by young adults moving into the region.
  • Maryland is making significant investments in areas beyond where Red Line trains “turn back.” These areas will require eight-car trains and more rush hour capacity in order to reach their full potential.
View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

UTA takes delivery of Provo/Orem BRT bus

The New Flyer Xcelsior 60-foot articulated bus is the first to be delivered and will now go through a thorough testing process.

FTA makes $226M in grants available to improve transit bus service

All projects must comply with Buy America regulations, which require that all iron, steel, or manufactured products be produced in the U.S., as well as final assembly of vehicles.

WSP USA designing BRT system for TriMet

The 14-mile Division Transit Project will provide an improved high-capacity connection between downtown Portland and the City of Gresham via Division Street.

New Flyer to supply 14 60-foot articulated buses to Brampton Transit

The vehicles will be delivered starting Q1 2018.

Valley Metro to add 187 ElDorado, New Flyer buses

All vehicles are funded by Federal Transit Administration and a half-cent sales tax that funds the Regional Transportation Plan in Maricopa County, which was approved by voters in 2004.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close