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Read the official notice about the Fiscal Year 2016 budget:

Read the official notice about the Proposed FY2016 Capital Improvement Program in:

Metro Heard You

We're not raising fares or cutting service. To balance Metro's budget for the coming year, the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia governments have pledged to increase their funding for Metro, while Metro continues to take actions to cut costs and operate more efficiently.

Understanding Metro's Operating Budget

The fares paid by Metro riders cover roughly half the cost of operating the system. Metro gets some additional funding to operate buses, trains and paratransit from advertising, joint development and other sources; the rest comes from governments.

While Metrobus ridership is up, and additional revenue is coming in from other projects, a decline in Metrorail ridership has created a budget challenge for the coming year. This decline is the result of many factors, including a change in federal tax policy that has made driving to work and parking more affordable than riding transit for some customers.

To balance next year's budget, Metro has cut costs and the local governments in the District, Maryland and Virginia have pledged to provide the funding needed to avoid fare increases or service cuts for riders. In order to operate a more effective and efficient system, Metro is also considering the following options that may impact our customers:

Parking symbol Changes to daily parking at Metrorail stations:

  • Increase the daily parking fee at Minnesota Ave. Station to $4.60 – the same price charged at all other Metro parking facilities in the District.
  • Extend the hours of collection at all Metro parking facilities by one hour in both the morning and evening. This would not apply on weekends, when parking will remain free.
  • Together, these changes will generate approximately $500,000 in additional revenue for Metro.

transit link card Elimination of the TransitLink Card

 The TransitLink Card (TLC) pass is one of the few remaining paper farecard products in the Metrorail
 system. Metro has explored a number of options for moving the TLC product to SmarTrip®, but none have proved satisfactory to both Metro and the partner agencies (MARC, VRE and Maryland-MTA). Therefore, Metro is proposing to eliminate the TLC product as part of its broader effort to update the payment system. Learn more about this elimination at

Understanding Metro's Capital Improvement Program

Metro is investing $1.3 billion in the safety and reliability of the system through the Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The CIP budget is focused on safety improvements, the rebuilding of the Metro system, increasing system capacity, and improving the effectiveness of the current rail and bus networks.

Significant investments planned for the coming year include, but are not limited to:

  • Addressing NTSB findings, including the replacement of track circuits, power cables and train control software system
  • Replacement of 1000 and 4000 Series railcars with new 7000 Series railcars
  • Aggressive rehabilitation of track and structures, in particular along the Red and Orange/Blue Lines
  • Continued rehabilitation of Alexandria, Brentwood and New Carrollton rail yards
  • Full rehabilitation of 12 Metro stations and enhancements at another 12 Metro stations
  • Replacement of 14 escalators; rehabilitation of 37 escalators and 12 elevators
  • Replacement of approximately 130 buses and rehabilitation of an additional 100
  • Rehabilitation of the Western, Northern, Landover, and Bladensburg bus facilities
  • Replacement of 150 MetroAccess vehicles and the addition of 25 new vehicles for anticipated growth

In addition to these investments, Metro will continue to make investments in Metro 2025 capital projects. Investments to prepare for increased 8-car train operations include 220 expansion rail cars, continued upgrades to traction power systems, installing new power cables and activities to add capacity at rail yards.

We need to hear from you. Tell Metro how these proposals would affect your daily travel needs:

  • Take an online survey. Complete the survey to provide your feedback before 9 a.m. on Monday, April 13, 2015.
  • Send an email. Submit written comments before 9:00 a.m. on Monday, April 13, 2015 by emailing
  • Attend the public hearing Tuesday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m. (Information session at 6:00 p.m.)
    Metro Headquarters - Jackson Graham Building
    600 5th St NW
    Washington DC 20001
    Take Metrorail: Gallery Place and Judiciary Square
    Take Metrobus: 70, 74, 79, 80, D6, P6, X2, X9

    The public hearing begins at 6:30 p.m. with a half hour information session starting at 6 p.m. Register to speak by emailing

    The public hearing location is wheelchair accessible. For accommodations for people with disabilities,
    call 202-962-2511. For language assistance, such as an interpreter or information in another language, please call 202-962-2582 at least 48 hours prior to the public hearing date.

    Public comments will be considered by the WMATA Board of Directors when adopting the final Fiscal Year 2016 budget plan.

    NOTE: The information collected through the survey will be maintained anonymously. However, all comments received on the budget will become part of the public record, and may be posted on WMATA's website, without change, including any personal information provided.

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