Plan unveiled for the next generation of Metro
Metro’s management today presented the Board of Director’s Governance Committee with a staff draft of the Authority’s strategic plan, called Momentum, which defines the next generation of Metro.
While Metro is currently going through a multi-year capital rebuilding effort to bring the system into a state of good repair, the agency must simultaneously begin planning for expansion to help ensure the long-term competitiveness of the National Capital Region and keep pace with demand from expected population growth.
“Our customers know that many trains, stations and buses are already crowded and we need to begin planning now to prevent that from worsening and prepare for more riders,” said General Manager and CEO Richard Sarles. “As the jurisdictions plan various expansion projects, we also need to make sure that we have a seamless, multimodal, transit network and Metro is in a unique position to serve as the transit planner for the national capital region.”
To help identify the top priorities for action to its customers and stakeholders, Metro conducted unprecedented public outreach, that gathering direct feedback from more than 10,000 people and raised awareness among millions. Specific outreach tactics included crowd sourcing tools, online surveys, print advertising, email to Metro customers, deliberative forums, and meetings with community and business organizations. More than 3,000 riders voiced their opinions through an online survey over a 30-day period. The majority noted the importance of Metro in their decision-making to move to the Washington Metro area, and an additional nine out of ten respondents agreed that their commutes played an important role in job selection decisions.
In presenting the staff draft to the Committee, Metro planning director Shyam Kannan said that the agency’s first priority will be maximizing the current transit network, and utilizing every bit of capacity available as a foundation for future growth and expansion to meet the needs of the region of the future. Other priorities identified in the strategic plan include:
The plan includes funding estimates that will be required to meet the near-term and longer-term strategic goals. The investment is outlined as a three-step approach:
Metro today challenged the region’s leaders to construct a funding strategy that residents and businesses deserve.
The plan will be reviewed and edited by the Board of Directors, and further public outreach is planned before the document is finalized.
News release issued at 10:54 am, January 24, 2013.