WASHINGTON, DC – Governor Terry McAuliffe and former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation Ray LaHood this week released Secretary LaHood’s independent review of Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). In order to look for opportunities for improvement and dispel myths about the various issues impacting WMATA’s performance, Governor McAuliffe commissioned Secretary LaHood to conduct this independent and objective review of the operating, governance, and financial conditions atMetro. Secretary LaHood delivered the report to Governor McAuliffe on Tuesday, December 5th and the Governor released it today after review by his administration.
“WMATA provides critical transportation not only for the thousands of Virginia commuters and businesses it serves, but also for the capital region’s many visitors, and it is essential to the long-term success of our new Virginia economy,” said Governor McAuliffe. “I am confident that if Secretary LaHood’s recommendations are enacted, then WMATA can once again provide travelers with safe and reliable transportation.”
Secretary LaHood’s review focuses on WMATA’s current condition in several key areas including: board governance and structure, labor costs, employee benefits, safety, and operational reliability, and benchmarks WMATA relative to its peer agencies nationwide. The review also provides a comprehensive set of recommendations that WMATA and its member jurisdictions in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia can consider to bring the nation’s second-largest mass transit system back into a state of good repair.
The conclusion of Secretary LaHood’s work reinforces the Commonwealth’s commitment to safe and reliable transportation options for its citizens, including the hundreds of thousands who rely on WMATA as a daily transportation option.
“To maintain its leadership in the world of transportation, Virginia had to stop and find out what it can do to restore confidence in WMATA,” said Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne. “We look forward to working with our partners in D.C. and Maryland to implement many of these recommendations that will make WMATA safer and more reliable.”
Among the key findings, Secretary LaHood has noted:
In addition to his findings, Secretary LaHood has recommended the following:
Secretary LaHood’s study can be found at www.drpt.virginia.gov