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Metro Update: Awarding Credit Where Due

For years, it’s been open season for criticizing Metro.  Metro has pledged to improve and it has in many areas including: Reliability On-Time Arrivals – Nearly 9 of 10 passenger trips were on-time in October 2017 versus only 7 of 10 one year ago. Maintenance – Offloading of trains due to railcar breakdowns reduced by 45%. New Cars – 452 new 7000-series cars […]

Celebrate 30 Years of Transportation Progress!

Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance 30th Anniversary Celebration June 7, 2017 — 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Cooley LLP 11951 Freedom Dr., 14th Floor Reston, VA 22091   On June 7th the Alliance will celebrate 30 years of successful multi-modal transportation progress and acknowledge many of public officials, individuals and organizations that made these projects possible.  Think about […]

Alliance Applauds Governor’s Metro Study Initiative

“Metro is such an essential asset” Governor Terry McAuliffe March 23, 2017 WTOP, Ask the Governor Many public officials these days talk about the importance of new Metro funding; few recognize that securing new funding first requires fundamental WMATA compact, management and labor reforms. Count Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe among the few and applaud his […]

Coalition of Business Organizations urge USDOT Secretary Chao to restore transit funds

A coalition of 17 business organizations sent a letter to US Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao urging her to suspend the decision to withhold federal transit funds from VA, MD and DC to allow the two state legislatures to finish their work on the federally required legislation to establish a Metrorail Safety Commission (MSC).  The […]

Waste Less, Invest More

The latest INRIX Global Congestion Scorecard shows the average DC area driver wastes 61 hours sitting in congestion during peak period hours. That’s the average, meaning hundreds of thousands of motorists waste even more hours. And that’s just during rush hour. INRIX estimates that 61 hours translates into a cost of $1700 per driver or […]

Bye Bye 4000-Series Railcars

Great news for Metro riders! Starting today, Metro will begin retiring its least reliable rail cars, the 4000-series. Metro started retiring its oldest rail cars — the 1000 series — last year as new 7000- series cars began to arrive. Metro says that all 1000- and 4000-series rail cars will be retired by the end […]

Alliance: Major Reforms Necessary to Restore Metro to World-Class Status

In a letter to WMATA Board Chairman Jack Evans, the Alliance praised the work of Metro General Manager and CEO Paul Wiedefeld through SafeTrack and other measures to improve safety and reliability, but emphasized that restoring Metrorail to a world-class system “cannot occur without fundamental Compact, management, and labor reforms.” The Alliance noted that many […]

NVT Alliance, Dulles Corridor Rail Association Merger Brings Greater Focus on Restoration of a World-Class Metrorail System

Founded in 1998, the Dulles Corridor Rail Association (DCRA) served as the leading advocate for advancement of Metrorail’s Silver Line.  With Silver Line construction nearing completion, DCRA’s goal has been realized. But ongoing advocacy is necessary to make the Silver Line (and Metro) a success. Dulles Corridor rail, transit-oriented development and Metro’s long-term sustainability and […]

Alliance Urges Transit Commission to Assign High Priority to Regional Express Bus and WMATA Compact Revision

At the January 5th meeting of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, the Alliance urged the Commission to focus its 2017-2018 work plan document on those actions and programs that the Commission believes will make the greatest difference in improving transit in the region. The Alliance observed that while the document included many proposed actions and […]

At Last “No More Band-Aids”

For years Metro General Managers have beaten the drum warning of dire days ahead unless significant new resources were invested in rebuilding the system. And for years the drum beat coming back from WMATA Boards and area elected officials was – “Expand, Expand, Expand — do the best you can with maintenance, and, don’t cut […]

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