WMATA Plans and Studies

"West Hyattsville" by Elvert Barnes on Flikr.The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is the agency that oversees the Metro system of buses, trains, and paratransit. As one of the few public services in our region that operates across state lines, Metro conducts its own planning, which pulls together a variety of inputs from Federal entities, Council of Governments, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and their local governments.

System-Wide Planning

In June 2013, Metro's Board of Directors approved a new long-range strategic plan called MomentumThe near-term component of this plan, Metro 2025, is intended to guide Metro's decisions and business plans over the next ten years.  Metro 2025 lays out seven initiatives requiring an additional $500 million per year.  These initiatives would allow Metro to maximize the capacity of the system's core and prepare it for the transit projects that are coming on line in the region.

Momentum's long-term component, Metro 2040, calls for system expansions, which will cost an additional $740 million per year (beginning now and ending in 2040 and including Metro 2025) above and beyond the costs of Metro 2025.

Visit Metro's Momentum site to comment on the plan, or visit Metro' planning blog, PlanIt Metro.

Plans for Specific Locations & Functions

WMATA conducts a range of cross-cutting functional plans as well as project- and station-specific studies and plans.  For example, the Priority Corridor Network (PCN) identifies 24 bus corridors that have been targeted for faster and more reliable bus services. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Access Improvements Study identifies access improvements near Metro stations.  The Union Station Access and Capacity Improvement Study assessed existing station conditions and developed capacity expansion alternatives.

State agencies often take the lead in conducting the planning work for major transit expansion projects, such as the Purple Line, although WMATA works closely as a partner on projects that will form part of its system, such as the Silver Line.

Visit Metro's Planning and Development Page.

Operations and Maintenance

Metrorail serves 86 stations and has 106 miles of track. Metrobus serves the nation's capital 24 hours a day, seven days a week with 1,500 buses. Metro operates the second-largest  heavy rail transit system, sixth largest bus network, and fourth largest paratransit service in the U.S.

MetroForward is WMATA's $5 billion program to deal with deferred maintenance.  This six-year effort, which was launched in 2011, has already delivered improvements that are improving safety, reliability and customer service. 



"West Hyattsville" by Elvert Barnes on Flickr.