All Posts in ‘Metro’

A Reasonable Metro Remedy

Metro’s fiscal health has been poor for years. New sustainable funds and reforms can wait no longer. Legislation passed last month in Richmond relies heavily on Northern Virginia regional transportation dollars to meet Virginia’s $154 million per year portion. But making Metro more reliable should not be at the expense of making other parts of […]

Dedicated Metro Funding Should Not Be at the Expense of Scarce Regional Funds

The General Assembly should be applauded for its commitment to meet the $154 million/year goal to provide Virginia’s share of the $500 million system’s capital needs requested by the WMATA General Manager. However lost in the celebratory headlines is the fact that the proposed funding bill requires the transfer of more than $100 million dollars per […]

Northern Virginia Transportation Authority and Business Community Call on Governor Northam to Amend Metro Funding Bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 26, 2018 Northern Virginia Transportation Authority and Business Community Call on Governor Northam to Amend Metro Funding Bill Northern Virginia, March 26, 2018 – The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) and the Northern Virginia Transportation Coalition have partnered to express support for the identification of $154 million in ongoing, dedicated funding for […]

How Not to Fund Metro; Robbing Peter to Pay Paul

How Not to Fund Metro  Robbing Peter to Pay Paul New dedicated Metro funding is a must. Years ago, the Alliance was the first private sector organization to call for such funding.   And “new” dollars must be new.   Yet some propose using existing regional and state transportation dollars for all or part of this dedicated funding stream.   […]

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 […]

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