Fiscal Year 2018 proposed budget
After a year of emergency repairs, including the intensive SafeTrack maintenance program, Metro will institute a preventive track maintenance program beginning in Fiscal Year 2018. In addition, persistent problems with railcars are being addressed with a new railcar "Get Well" Plan designed to further reduce delays to customers.
To improve the customer experience, Metrorail stations are being cleaned and brighter lights installed, and cell phone and wi-fi projects are being expanded. For improved bus operations, technology will be leveraged to integrate real-time traffic data, and Metro is testing a zero emission, battery powered bus that could become the fleet of the future.
Who pays for Metro?
For Fiscal Year 2018, Metro General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld proposed a $3.1 billion budget that funds key safety, service and customer initiatives critical to reversing declining ridership and building a financially sustainable future for Metro.
Fares paid by customers, advertising in stations and on buses and trains, and other revenue sources cover just a portion of the operating costs. Additional contributions come from local, regional and federal funding partners to cover operating expenses and capital projects. And while fares paid by customers have not increased since July 2014, contributions from government funders have increased each year.
Metro funding sources
FY18 proposed budget
For Fiscal Year 2018, General Manager Wiedefeld's "Reality Check" budget proposal identified a gap of $290 million - larger than recent years due to growing expenses to operate and maintain the system, and declining ridership.
To fill the budget gap, General Manager Wiedefeld proposed shared sacrifice:
- Government Funders: DC, MD, and VA contribute a total of $130 million more than they did last year
- Metro Business Operations: Management reduces $50 million in expenses by eliminating positions and taking other cost cutting actions; as well as using $60 million in federal money for eligible maintenance expenses. 1,000 positions will be eliminated through efficiencies and service rightsizing
- Customers: Riders pay $0.10 - $0.25 more for rail and bus trips, and service rightsized to fit current ridership levels
The proposed FY2018 Capital Improvement Program is included in the proposed FY 2018 budget
Tough decisions need to be made
Facing this major funding challenge, Metro's Board of Directors must consider every available option to balance the budget. Details about the proposed changes can be found on the following pages.
By providing your feedback, Metro's Board and Management will be informed about how the proposals impact you when they make these difficult choices.
The public comment period closed on February 6, 2017. Public feedback will be provided to Metro's Board of Directors in March 2017 as part of the final decision making process. Any Board-approved fare or service changes will begin on July 1, 2017.