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

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.