RD562 - Report on the Performance and Condition of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority – November 2018
On behalf of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC), I am pleased to submit this Report on the Performance and Condition of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). This is the first report to respond to NVTC’s new responsibilities as established by the Omnibus Transit Funding Bill [House Bill 1539/Senate Bill 856 (2018)] § 33.2-3402.
In addition to fulfilling our new reporting requirements, NVTC continues to provide funding oversight and stewardship of WMATA on behalf of its member jurisdictions through the management of state assistance to the transit agency and its appointments to the WMATA Board of Directors.
This initial report presents data vital to understanding the performance and conditions of Metrorail and Metrobus and serves as a baseline for future years. It also identifies potential strategies to reduce the growth in WMATA’s costs and to improve the efficiency of its operations. NVTC developed these strategies in coordination with our local jurisdictions, which are responsible for funding WMATA.
The dedicated funds authorized by the Omnibus Transit Funding Bill will support WMATA’s capital investments, which are designed to improve both safety and state of good repair. These improvements are critical to the economic health of the Commonwealth and Northern Virginia. NVTC looks forward to reporting annually on the performance and condition of WMATA.
/s/ Paul C. Smedberg