RD736 - 2019 Report on the Performance and Condition of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
*This report was replaced in its entirety by the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission on January 17, 2020.
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 second annual report in response to NVTC’s responsibilities as established in § 33.2-3403 of the Code of Virginia.
This report includes data on the current performance and condition of WMATA and presents NVTC recommended strategies that, if implemented, have the potential to further reduce the growth in WMATA’s operating costs and improve its operational efficiency. NVTC developed these strategies in coordination with its local jurisdictions responsible for funding WMATA. In addition to fulfilling our reporting requirements, NVTC continues to provide funding oversight and stewardship of WMATA on behalf of its member jurisdictions through the management of state and regional financial assistance to the transit agency and its appointments to the WMATA Board of Directors.
This report also documents the use of the first year of the WMATA Capital Fund, authorized under § 33.2-3401 of the Code of Virginia. The WMATA Capital Fund provided $121.3 million in dedicated capital funding to WMATA in FY2019 toward its $1.525 billion capital budget. The funds supported system safety and state of good repair improvements that are contributing to a rebound in Metrorail customer satisfaction and increases in system ridership.
This report is not done in isolation; Chapter 854 of the 2018 Virginia Acts of Assembly provides specific oversight requirements to the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) regarding WMATA’s governance, reporting, strategic planning, and operational cost containment. In October 2019, the CTB affirmed that WMATA demonstrated compliance with these requirements during FY2019.
WMATA’s condition and performance are of paramount importance to NVTC and its jurisdictions. As such, we look forward to a continued dialogue with our state partners on these important matters.
/s/ Matthew F. Letourneau