WATA: Public Hearings for Metro’s FY15 fare proposals and capital improvement program

In the coming week, Metro will be hosting six public hearings to receive comments on Metro’s FY15 fare proposals and capital improvement program. Each public hearing will begin at 6:30PM and be preceded by an informal “Information Session,” starting at 6:00PM. Two hearings are scheduled in Maryland:

 

Monday, Feb. 3 Matthews Memorial Baptist Church – Hearing 591 Fellowship Hall 2616 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., SE Washington, DC

 

 

Thursday, Feb. 6 Metro Headquarters Building – Hearing 594 600 5th Street, NW Washington, DC

 

To facilitate additional means for the public to provide feedback, Metro is also hosting an online budget survey and will accept written comments. The online survey can be taken at www.wmata.com/budgetsurvey and is open until 5:00PM. on February 11. Written statements and exhibits may be sent to the Office of the Secretary, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, 600 Fifth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001, or e-mailed to writtentestimony@wmata.com. Statements also may be faxed to 202-962-1133. Written statements must be received by 5:00PM on Tuesday, February 11.

 

The full public hearing docket is available in six languages on Metro’s website: http://www.wmata.com/community_outreach/B14-01_B14-02_landing/B14-01_B14-02_landing.cfm

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Metro seeks input on H Line Services (Routes H1, H2, H3, H4; H8, H9)

Metro will host two community meetings to discuss the H Lines (Routes H1, H2, H3, H4, H8, H9) Service Evaluation Study. The meeting is a part of ongoing studies to improve Metrobus service on some of the region’s most heavily used bus lines. At the meeting, the project team will discuss preliminary findings and potential service improvement concepts.

The public meetings will be held:

Monday, June 10, 2013—5:30 pm to 7:00 pm St. Anthony’s Catholic School (Cafeteria) 12th & Lawrence Streets NE (0.2 miles from Brookland Metro Station and adjacent to the Route 80 bus stop at 12th & Monroe Streets NE) Washington, DC

Wednesday, June 12, 2013—5:30 to 7:30 pm Mt. Pleasant Library (Large Meeting Room) 3160 16th Street NW Washington, DC 20010

The meeting is open to all members of the public; no advance registration is required. Participants may arrive any time between the start and end time of each meeting. Metro hopes that the open format will promote a direct dialogue between Metrobus riders and project staff, and that the absence of a meeting schedule will appeal to those who have only a few minutes to participate.

For more information about the Service Evaluation Study, or to give Metro your feedback in a survey about the lines currently being evaluated, please visit the project website.

Metro to hold public hearing on Capital Improvement Program grant applications

Metro to hold public hearing on Capital Improvement Program grant applications

Metro will hold a public hearing Tuesday, March 19, on its proposed Program of Projects and proposed applications for federal grants to assist in financing the Authority’s Fiscal Year 2014 Capital Improvement Program.

The public hearing will begin at 5 p.m. at Metro Headquarters (Jackson Graham Building) located at 600 Fifth Street NW, Washington, DC.

View hearing docket

Metro’s proposed FY 2014 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) is an $875.3 million capital investment plan focused on safety, reliability, and the rebuilding of the Metro system. Estimated costs could increase or decrease, but the project scopes should remain constant. Metro is advancing the most aggressive program of capital investments since the construction of the Metro system – more than 92 percent of the planned investment advances the safety, rehabilitation, and replacement of Metro’s infrastructure, facilities, equipment, systems, railcars, buses, and paratransit vehicles.

The proposed program will be funded through investments from the federal government, state and local government, and other sources. The proposed program assumes federal sources make up $452.8 million of the $875.3 million program. The remaining portion of the program is funded with $371.1 million of state and local sources, and $51.4 million of other sources.

The Capital Improvement Program consists of the following project elements:

  • Vehicles/Vehicle Parts, including bus replacement and rehabilitation; rail car replacement and rehabilitation, rail car safety and reliability enhancements, MetroAccess vehicle replacement, replacement parts, preventive maintenance;
  • Rail System Infrastructure Rehabilitation, including rail line segment rehabilitation; Maintenance Facilities, including bus garage rehabilitation and replacement, and rail yard and maintenance facility rehabilitation;
  • Systems and Technology, including power system upgrades, operations support software, business support software and equipment, and rail fare equipment;
  • Track and Structures, including track rehabilitation, station and tunnel leak mitigation; Passenger Facilities, including elevator and escalator facilities, station rehabilitation; Other Improvements, including station capacity project development, bus priority corridors, and bicycle and pedestrian facility improvements;
  • Maintenance Equipment, including rail and bus maintenance, and business facility equipment;
  • Other Facilities, including business and transit police support facilities; and
  • Project Management and Support

HOW TO REGISTER TO SPEAK – All organizations or individuals desiring to be heard with respect to this docket will be afforded the opportunity to present their views and make supporting statements and to offer alternative proposals. In order to establish a witness list, individuals and representatives of organizations who wish to be heard at this public hearing are requested to furnish in writing their name and organization affiliation, if any, via email to speak@wmata.com. The request may also be mailed to the Office of the Secretary, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, 600 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001. Alternatively, you may fax this information to 202-962-1133 or furnish this information in person at the hearing. Please submit only one speaker’s name per letter. Lists of individual speakers will not be accepted. Please note that this information may be releasable to the public under the WMATA Public Access to Records Policy (PARP). The PARP can be viewed on WMATA’s website at wmata.com/about_metro/public_rr.cfm under the link marked “Legal Affairs”. Public officials will be heard first and will be allowed five minutes each to make their presentations. All others will be allowed three minutes each. Relinquishing of time by one speaker to another will not be permitted.

HOW TO SUBMIT WRITTEN STATEMENTS – Written statements and exhibits must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 1, 2013 by the Office of the Secretary and may be emailed to writtentestimony@wmata.com. They may also be mailed to the Office of the Secretary, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, 600 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001. Alternatively, statements may be faxed to 202 962-1133. Please reference the appropriate docket number B13-01in your submission. Please note that any personal information such as name, e-mail address, address, or telephone number you provide in the statement may be releasable to the public under the WMATA Public Access to Records Policy, available at the website link noted above.

The hearing location is wheelchair accessible. Any individual who requires special assistance such as a sign language interpreter or additional accommodation to participate in the public hearing, or who requires these materials in an alternate format, should contact Danise Peña at 202-962-2511 or TTY: 202-638-3780 as soon as possible in order for Metro to make necessary arrangements. For language assistance, such as an interpreter, please call 202-962-1082.

Metro weekend system rebuilding work March 8-10

All Deanwood information is highlighted in red

Metro weekend system rebuilding work March 8-10 Buses replace trains on portions of Orange and Blue lines; single tracking on Red, Green and Yellow lines

The ongoing effort to rebuild and upgrade the Metrorail system to provide safer and more reliable service will continue over the weekend of March 8-10, 2013, on all lines. The work will begin at 10 p.m. Friday and continue through system closing on Sunday.

Orange Line

  • · Free shuttle buses will replace trains between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly to allow for platform reconstruction, rail joint and fastener renewal, grout pad rehabilitation and communication system upgrades. Two stations will be closed: Minnesota Ave and Deanwood.
  • · In addition, trains will single track between East Falls Church and West Falls Church to allow for signal system integration with the new Silver Line extension.
  • · Orange Line trains will operate in two segments throughout the weekend: between Vienna and Stadium-Armory every 20 minutes, and between New Carrollton and Cheverly every 20 minutes.
  • · Shuttle bus service will operate on two routes: Local buses will operate between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly serving all intermediate stations; add up to 30 minutes of travel time. Express buses will operate between Stadium-Armory and Cheverly stations only; add up to 20 minutes of travel time.
  • · Note: To allow for bus connections, the last train of the night from New Carrollton to Cheverly will depart 50 minutes earlier than normal — at 1:46 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, and at 10:46 p.m. on Sunday night.

Blue Line

  • · Free shuttle buses will replace Blue Line trains between Stadium-Armory and Benning Road to allow for platform reconstruction, rail joint and fastener renewal, grout pad rehabilitation and communication system upgrades.
  • · Blue Line trains will operate in two segments throughout the weekend: between Franconia-Springfield and Stadium-Armory every 20 minutes, and between Largo Town Center and Benning Road every 20 minutes.
  • · Customers using shuttle buses to travel through the work zone should add up to 15 minutes to their travel time.
  • · Note: To allow for bus connections, the last train of the night from Largo Town Center to Benning Road will depart 14 minutes earlier than normal — at 2:10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, and at 11:10 p.m. on Sunday night.

Red Line

  • · Trains will single track between Judiciary Square and Rhode Island Avenue to allow for track renewal and communication system upgrades.
  • · Throughout the weekend, trains between Shady Grove and Glenmont will operate every 20 minutes.
  • · Between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, additional trains will operate between Shady Grove and Judiciary Square, resulting in service about every 10 minutes between those stations.
  • · Customers on the eastern side of the Red Line should allow about 10 minutes of additional travel time.

Green/Yellow Lines

  • · Green and Yellow line trains will single track between L’Enfant Plaza and Mt Vernon Square to allow for track maintenance and ceiling tile replacement.
  • · Yellow Line trains will operate every 20 minutes between Huntington and Mt Vernon Sq only.
  • · Green Line trains will operate every 20 minutes between Branch Ave and Greenbelt.
  • · Customers should allow 10 minutes of additional travel time.

Metro is advancing Metro Forward, a six-year, $5 billion Capital Improvement Program (CIP) that is focused on safety and bringing the Metro system into a state of good repair. Metro Forward includes projects to replace escalators; retrofit track; replace critical track circuitry and equipment along the right of way; rehabilitate third-rail power systems, running rail and track pads; modernize 12 stations; replace 100 Metro buses and the rehabilitate 100 more; renovate three bus garages; and install 30 new track turnouts.

For more information on traveling by Metrobus or Metrorail, customers may call 202-637-7000 or TTY 202-638-3780, or visit wmata.com.