The DC Metro was once considered among the best mass transit systems in the world. Today, it is in perpetual crisis. From serious safety issues like fires and derailments, to declining customer satisfaction due to chronic delays and overcrowding, to financial problems like a $10 billion dollar capital deficit (10 years), a $1 billion operating deficit in the next year and a recent credit downgrade, our mass transit system is in terrible shape. Worst of all, but perhaps unsurprisingly, WMATA has reported an 11% decline in ridership.
A loss of riders is the worst sign of a transit systems health. The DC Metro system is tipping toward the “Public Transit Death Spiral.”
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), the transit authority that operates the DC Metro, has proposed service cuts and fare hikes.
Riders are leaving the system because it is unreliable. This has led to budget shortfalls. These budget shortfalls have led to the WMATA Board recommending fare increases and service cuts. If these fare increases and services cuts pass, they will push more people out of public transit, worsening deficits. Even more fare increase and service cuts are probably be the result..
We need to take a stand against these fare increase and service cuts now and plan how we are going to advance public transit in the future.
In other cities, grassroots activists, advocates, unions and employers have proven that, if they come together, they can increase mass transit options. At this meeting, we will talk about how we can do the same here.
Please join us for this important meeting.
1616 P St
Conference Room B
Washington , DC 20036
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