Presentation to the National Capital Region Transportation by SayreW


									Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

        Dedicated Funding
             for the
     Washington Metropolitan
      Area Transit Authority

                          Presentation to the
        National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board
                         September 21, 2005                     1
     Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

                                                 DEDICATED FUNDING
  Secure, Reliable
                                                 CAPITAL FUNDING
      Funding                                    NATIONAL AVERAGE
                                                 METRO              0

                                                 OPERATIONAL FUNDING
 Brookings Institution Report in                NATIONAL AVERAGE    33%
 June 2004 identified need for                   METRO              2%
 dedicated, long term funding

 Currently, WMATA is the only
  transit system in the nation
  without a substantial dedicated
  funding source

 WMAtA’s Ability to be successful
  in the future is dependent upon a
  reliable and adequate source of                                   2
  dedicated funding
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

            Blue Ribbon Panel
          • Sponsored by Council of Governments, Board
            of Trade, Federal City Council

          • Panel issued a report in January 2005

          • “Metro is exceeding beyond expectAtions –
            yet literAlly fAlling ApArt”

          • $300 million annual shortfall –
             – 50% - state/local dedicated funding
             – 50% - New federal funding

          • Panel assumed 5.3% growth in state/local
            funding, modest fare increases, and
            excluded Metro Access funding
            requirements                                 3
         Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

                 Metro’s tWin
    Growing Pains and Aging Pains

Metro’s ridership is groWing.
 Thirty-seven percent growth in
  eight years (FY1997-2005)

Metro’s infrAstructure is
    Sixty percent of Metrorail is                                                 4
     20 years or age or older.
* WMATA BMNT Bus Fleet Profile, August 16, 2005 based on 1473 active fleet buses
      Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

                     Metropolitan Growth
                     2003 CLRP (2004-2030)
  •The region is forecasted to grow by 1.13 million people by 2030 – 23% increase
  •The region is forecasted to grow by 1.1 million jobs by 2030 – 34% increase
  •Transit work trips are forecasted to increase by 30%, creating even more crowding
  • Current CLRP applies a transit ridership constraint to and through the core area in
    its air quality conformity analysis
  • Congestion on the entire regional surface transportation network is growing:
               - Third-most congested region in the country**
               - 145.5 million hours of congestion annually, but it would be even worse:
                 59.5 million hours of delay are saved because of public transit**
               - Those 145.5 hours cost the region $2.46 billion annually, but without
                 public transportation, the region would incur another $998 million in
                 congestion costs annually**
** 2005 Urban Mobility Report, Texas Transportation Institute, May 2005.
     Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

      Prioritizing Capital Plans
• $12.2B, 10- year (FY04-13) Capital Improvement Program (CIP)

• $6B of system expansion

• $6.2B of unfunded need for refurbishment and capacity improvements


• $3.3B funded through “Metro Matters” Funding Agreement

                Beyond six year Metro Matters horizon, $2.9B
                in basic capital needs remain unfunded
    Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

 Short-term relief is on the Way
 Metro Matters Funding Agreement, signed October 2004,
  interim short term relief
     Addresses approximately $500 million in capital

 Provides for additional bus and rail capacity to help
  overcrowding and support short-term growth
     122 additional rail cars (33% eight-car trains)
     185 additional buses, facilities and improvements

 The funding program buys us about four more years of
relief, whereupon the problem will materialize again;7
new funding
 Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

                         H.R. 3496
• Introduced by Rep. Tom Davis and area Members
  of Congress
• Authorizes $1.5 billion over 10 years in federal funds
  for capital funding only
• Does not cover operating needs
• Federal funding contingent on amending WMATA Compact
   – Provide for state/local dedicated funding
   – WMATA Inspector General to report to Board
   – 2 federal appointees to WMATA Board

      Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

              H.R. 3496 – What does it buy?
          Supports ridership growth beyond 2020

340 new rail cars      275 new buses &
(100% 8-car trains)    3 garages

                                                 More elevators,
                                                 More escalators, &
                                                 Bigger mezzanines
                                                 at congested stations
Continued system      Pedestrian and                                 9
                      bicycle improvements             AND MORE…
    Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

          Action Needed -- Next Steps
• Critical that the region focus on the need for dedicated
  funding and follow up on federal legislative initiative
• Regional summit on Metro’s funding needs on
  October 3, 2005
• Summit is co-sponsored by Metropolitan Washington
  Council of Governments, Greater Washington Board of
  Trade and Federal City Council
• Focus on achieving consensus among funding partners
  on scope and source of funding initiatives and response
  to federal legislation
• Compact amendment process in Virginia, Maryland and      10
  the District of Columbia
 WashingtonWe need a strong recommitment
           Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
      of the federal/regional partnership
               that created Metro

• Brookings and Blue Ribbon Panel
 reports have laid the groundwork

• Proposed federal legislation, if approved,
 would provide separate funding for Metro

• Dedicated funding commitments and
 approval of Compact amendments
 needed in Virginia, Maryland and the
 District of Columbia

• Time is now to proceed on establishing
  a renewed funding partnership and
  a dedicated funding source for WMATA


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