Recap: Infrastructure and Land Use Member Meeting - System Capacity and Future Funding for Metro - December 9, 2014

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December 9, 2014

December 9, 2014 Recap: 

Guest Speaker: Charlie Scott, Senior Government Relations Officer, Maryland, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)                             

Vice-Chair of the Infrastructure and Land Use Committee, Gus Bauman, welcomed MCCC members and introduced the guest speaker Charlie Scott, Senior Government Relations Officer, Maryland, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). The presentation featured a discussion about Metro’s system capacity and future funding.

Metro provides service to a population of over 3.5 million people. With Maryland residents taking approximately 120 million trips annually, Metro is the largest transit provider in Maryland. For businesses, metro accessibility gives them better access a larger pool of employees and to customers. Proximity to metro stations has also shown to promote job growth and increase property value.

Knowing that the region has grown tremendously since the system opened and that it continues to grow, Metro created the Metro Forward program and a strategic plan known as Momentum. The Metro Forward program includes investing in and upgrading the existing infrastructure to reduce delays and keep trains running smoothly. The Momentum strategic plan includes planning for continued growth in the region to minimize overcrowding by designing and engineering new rail-cars with more advanced 8-car train systems to replace the 300 rail-cars reaching retirement.

Following the presentation, Charlie Scott opened up the floor to MCCC members for questions, comments and suggestions which led to a lively discussion.

Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation that Charlie Scott used at this meeting. You can also find the Momentum Executive Summary here

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