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									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
                                                                     52%


                                                 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
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            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 –
            operating/capital:
             – 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
                 Challenges
    Growing Pains and Aging Pains

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



Metro’s infrAstructure is
aging.
    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
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                     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**
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** 2005 Urban Mobility Report, Texas Transportation Institute, May 2005.
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      Prioritizing Capital Plans
• $12.2B, 10- year (FY04-13) Capital Improvement Program (CIP)
   Minus

• $6B of system expansion
   Equals

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

   Minus

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

                Beyond six year Metro Matters horizon, $2.9B
                in basic capital needs remain unfunded
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 Short-term relief is on the Way
 Metro Matters Funding Agreement, signed October 2004,
provides
  interim short term relief
     Addresses approximately $500 million in capital
    deferrals

 Provides for additional bus and rail capacity to help
relieve
  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
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                         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
  to:
   – Provide for state/local dedicated funding
   – WMATA Inspector General to report to Board
   – 2 federal appointees to WMATA Board



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              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
rehabilitation
                      bicycle improvements             AND MORE…
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          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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