Metro’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget: Tell Us What Matters to You

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Notice of Public Hearing | FY22 Budget Book | Take the survey

The docket contains the Notice of Public Hearing and the proposed FY22 rail, bus and parking change documents.

Proposed FY22 changes

Proposed DC bus changes | Proposed MD bus changes | Proposed VA bus changes | Proposed rail changes | Proposed parking changes


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Metro’s financial future

Metro is facing a significant budget shortfall due to a decrease in ridership caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. A second relief package from Congress in December 2020 allowed Metro to avoid layoffs, continue providing essential travel service and prepare for transit ridership to return. However, even with the additional funding there is not enough money to fill the entire budget gap for the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2021.?

Metro is working with our Congressional delegation to secure additional funding to continue providing service as the region comes back to work. But service cuts remain a looming threat, and Metro must plan accordingly.

Metro’s budget for Fiscal Year 2022 (July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022) is under consideration now, and Metro is requesting your feedback. Metro’s Board of Directors and management will consider your feedback when making difficult decisions this spring.

FY21 covid-19 budget impacts microphone icon?Tell us what matters to you

Public feedback is vital in helping Metro’s Board of Directors and management make decisions about pandemic recovery. Let us know what you think by 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, 2021.

Take the survey and provide comments

Take the survey, upload letters and submit written comments here or call toll-free 844-468-5748 and provide your feedback.

For the mailing address to submit written correspondence, please see the Notice of Public Hearing.

Participate in a Virtual Public Hearing

Because of the ongoing pandemic, Metro will be hosting all Public Hearings virtually. To provide oral testimony at a hearing, participants must call toll-free 512-580-8850 and enter the four-digit meeting code for the Public Hearing you’d like to attend.?

Below is a list of dates, times and meeting codes for each of the virtual Public Hearings:

Date/Time: Monday, March 8, 2021,?11 a.m.?
Host: Board Member Paul Smedberg
Meeting Code:?9476

Date/Time: Monday, March 8, 2021,?6 p.m.
Hearing will focus on proposed changes in DC, but is open to everyone.
Host:?Board Member Stephanie Gidigbi-Jenkins
Meeting Code:?3811

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 9, 2021,?6 p.m.
Hearing will focus on proposed changes in Maryland, but is open to everyone.
Host: Board Member Michael Goldman
Meeting Code:?9131

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 10, 2021,?6 p.m.
Hearing will focus on proposed changes in Virginia, but is open to everyone.
Hosts:?Board Members Paul Smedberg and Walter Alcorn
Meeting Code:?9141

Watch or listen live

Watch or listen to the Public Hearings live on this page, on YouTube.com/MetroForward or by calling toll-free 512-580-8850 and entering in the four-digit meeting code.

Public feedback will be provided to Metro’s Board of Directors in April 2021 as part of the final decision-making process. Any Board-approved changes will begin after Board approval in April 2021.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, gender, religion, disability or family status. To request special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, ASL or other language interpretation services (free of charge), contact the Office of the Board Secretary at 202-962-2511 (TTY: 202-962-2033) or send a message to speak@wmata.com as soon as possible, so Metro can make the necessary arrangements before the public hearing date.

Proposed Changes

Click on the links above to learn more details about each of these proposals.


2021 proposed service plan

Effective May – December 2021

The proposed service plan for 2021 maintains current rail service levels and increases bus service in a staggered approach through the end of the year.?

fy21 covid-19 budget impacts rail icon?Metrorail

Current Metrorail service levels and hours would continue through the end of the year.

FY21 covid-19 budget impacts bus icon?Metrobus

Late Spring 2021
  • Restore full or partial service to 10 additional lines to add more access across the region
  • Add late night service until 2 a.m. on 34 lines
Fall 2021
  • Expand coverage to support commuter and school-based travel?

2022 proposed service plan

Effective Jan. 1, 2022 if additional funding is not secured

The 2022 proposed service plan considers service cuts and workforce reductions if additional funding is not secured.?

View a map of the proposed January 2022 Metrorail changes here. (pdf)

View a map of the proposed January 2022 Metrobus consolidated route network here. (pdf)?

fy21 covid-19 budget impacts rail icon?Metrorail

closed station icon?Close up to 22 Metrorail stations with low ridership that are near other stations
Archives Green Line Yellow Line
Arlington Cemetery Blue Line
Cheverly Orange Line
Clarendon Orange Line Silver Line
Cleveland Park Red Line
College Park-U of Md Green Line Yellow Line
East Falls Church Orange Line Silver Line
Eisenhower Ave Yellow Line
Federal Center SW Blue Line Orange Line Silver Line
Federal Triangle Blue Line Orange Line Silver Line
Greensboro Silver Line
Grosvenor-Strathmore Red Line
Innovation Center? Silver Line
Judiciary Sq Red Line
Loudoun Gateway? Silver Line
McLean Silver Line
Morgan Blvd Blue Line Silver Line
Mt Vernon Sq Green Line Yellow Line
Reston Town Center? Silver Line
Smithsonian Blue Line Orange Line Silver Line
Van Dorn St Blue Line
Virginia Sq-GMU Orange Line Silver Line

?Pending opening of Silver Line Phase II

Operate Metrorail every 30 minutes on all lines
  • Red Line trains would operate every 15 minutes between Grosvenor-Strathmore and Silver Spring
  • At all stations with service from more than one line, trains would arrive every 10-15 minutes
clock icon?Close Metrorail at 9 p.m. instead of 11 p.m.?

fy21 covid-19 budget impacts rail icon?Adjust where some Red and Yellow line trains begin/end (turnbacks)
  • Every other Red Line train would operate between Grosvenor-Strathmore?? and Silver Spring
  • All Yellow Line trains would operate between Huntington and Mt Vernon Sq?? only

??These stations could be modified due to proposed station closures.

FY21 covid-19 budget impacts bus icon?Metrobus

View details and maps about individual route changes here.?

Eliminate bus service

DC routes: 30N*, 30S*, 59*, 60, 62, 63, 74, A2*, A4*, A6*, A7*, A31, A32, A33, D2*, D4, D6*, D8, D31, D32, D33, D34, D51, G2, H6*, H8, H9, K2, L2*, M4*, M6, P6*, S35, S41, U4, U5*, U6*, V4*, V7*, W1, W3, W5*, W6, W8, W45, W47?

Service would continue to not operate on the following routes: 34*, 37, 39, 97*, A9, B8*, B9*, D1*, D5, E6, G9*, H1, H3*, L1, N2*, N4*, S1, V1, X1, X3

Maryland routes: 86, 89M, B21, B22, B24, B27, C2, C11, C12, C13, C14, D13, D14, F1, F2, F6, F8, F12, F13, G12, H12, J1*, J12*, L8, NH1*, NH2, P18, Q1*, Q2*, Q4*, Q5*, Q6*, R1*, R4,?
R12, T2, V12, V14, W14, Z2, Z6*, Z7

Service would continue to not operate on the following routes: 87, 89, B29, B30, C28, H11, H13, J4, K9*, P19

Virginia routes: 1C, 2B, 3A**, 4B, 5A, 7F*, 7Y, 7M, 10A*, 16A*, 16E*,16G*, 16H*, 17B, 17G, 17H, 17M, 18P, 22A, 22F, 23A*, 25B*, 29G, 38B, MW1, REX

Service would continue to not operate on the following routes: 1B, 3T**, 3Y, 4A, 7C, 7P, 7W**, 8S, 8W, 8Z*, 10E, 10N, 11Y, 15K**, 16L, 16Y, 17K, 17L, 18G, 18H, 18J, 21A, 21D, 22C, 23B, 23T, 26A, 28F, 28G, 29C**, 29W**

*Another route has been modified or already exists to provide partial replacement service.
**Local transit provider is proposing a replacement service.

Yellow circle bus service icon?Continue operating bus service at 2021 levels with modifications to the route, hours or frequency

DC routes: 42, 43, 64, 80, 96, A8, B2, H2, H4, L2, N6, U6, V2, V8, W2, W4, W5, X9

Maryland routes: 83, C4, D12, K12, Z8

Virginia routes: 7A, 10B, 16C, 28A

Green circle bus service icon ?Continue operating bus service at 2021 levels

DC routes: 31, 32, 33, 36, 52, 54, 70, 79, 90, 92, E2, E4, G8, S2, S9, V2, X2, X8

Maryland routes: A12, C8, C21, C22, C26, C29, F4, F14, G14, J2, K6, P12, R2, T14, T18, Y2, Y7, Y8

Virginia routes: 1A, 2A, 29K, 29N, NH2

MetroAccess

There are no changes to the MetroAccess Service area or hours proposed for FY22.

Station Current Fee Proposed Fee
Addison Rd $4.70 $4.45
Branch Ave $5.20 $4.95
Capitol Heights $5.20 $4.95
Cheverly $5.20 $4.95
College Park-U of Md $5.20 $4.95
Greenbelt $5.20 $4.95
Landover $3.00 $3.00
Largo Town Center $5.20 $4.95
Morgan Blvd $5.20 $4.95
Naylor Rd $5.20 $4.95
New Carrollton $5.20 $4.95
Prince George’s Plaza $4.70 $4.45
Suitland $5.20 $4.95
Southern Ave $5.20 $4.95
West Hyattsville $5.20 $4.95

Metro's Capital Budget

Metro has two separate budgets. Its operating budget is used for day-to-day expenses like providing daily Metrorail and Metrobus service, and its capital budget is used for investing in new railcars, buses and paratransit vehicles, improving stations and platforms, upgrading fire-suppression and emergency response systems, building new bus garages, replacing and repairing tracks, tunnels, bridges, signals, and more.

The proposed Fiscal Year 2022 capital budget of $2.6 billion, and six-year capital plan of $12.3 billion, includes investment in ongoing projects, prioritized system preservation and renewal needs from the Capital Needs Forecast and asset management and reliability plans.?Learn more about the proposed FY22 Capital budget here.