Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA/Metro)
- WMATA was created by an interstate compact in 1967 to plan, develop, build, finance, and operate a balanced regional transit system in the national capital area.
- The Authority began building its rail system in 1969, acquired four regional bus systems in 1973, and began operating the first phase of Metrorail in 1976.
- Metrobus serves the nation’s capital 24 hours a day, seven days a week with 1,500 buses.
- Metrorail and Metrobus serve a population of 3.4 million within a 1,500-square mile jurisdiction.
- Metro’s paratransit service, MetroAccess, began in 1994; it provides about 1.5 million trips per year.
Board of Directors
Consists of seven principle (voting) directors (two from MD, two from VA, two from DC and one from the federal government) and seven alternate directors (two from MD, two from VA, two from DC and one from the federal government).
- National Ranking: Second largest rail system in the US
- Service area: Over 1,500 square miles and a population of 3.5 million.
- Stations: 86
- Rolling stock: Over 1,100 rail cars
- Employees: 10,000 employees with $2 billion annual budget
- Lines: 5
- Orange: New Carrolton to Vienna
- Red: Glenmont to Shady Grove
- Blue: Franconia Springfield to Largo Town Center
- Yellow: Huntington to Fort Totten
- Green: Branch Avenue to Greenbelt
- Miles of Track: 106
- Over 200 million passenger trips per year system wide
- Northern Virginia Average Daily Trips FY 09 (NVTC)
- NoVA Weekday: 343,000
- NoVA FY 09: 92,171,1084
- National Ranking: 5th
- Number of buses: 1,500
- Routes: 350 (approximately)
- System-wide average daily passenger trips (FY 2007):
- Annually: 130 million
- Weekday: 450,000
- Saturday: 230,000
- Sunday: 150,000
- NoVA average ridership:
- Weekday: 79,000
- NoVa FY 09 Ridership: 20,816,142
Program to assist persons with disabilities in getting around the area.
- Fleet of over 300 vans and sedans
- 1.6 million trips per year
Address: Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority, 600 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001