Before Metro and the TAG could begin the discussion of new transit services, it was important that we review and assess the population and employment forecasts for the year 2040. The second TAG Meeting provided us with an opportunity to evaluate transit trips in the region and assess growth patterns and findings to develop an understanding of the impact of these trips on future transit capacity. A key indicator of transit demand is the land use surrounding the transit resource. To learn more about the key employment and activity centers in the region, Metro staff conducted over a dozen meetings with local jurisdictions and federal agencies in the metropolitan region to inform the RTSP development process.
January 29, 2010
Metro and its jurisdictional partners face considerable financial challenges as we continue to provide quality, affordable and safe transit services to the Washington metropolitan region. However, these challenges should not stop us from planning for the transit needs of the region beyond today. To this end, Metro convened a group of regional transportation and land use professionals in a Technical Advisory Group (TAG) last winter to discuss the development of a Regional Transit System Plan (RTSP) for the year 2040 and ways in which we could achieve four key goals: 1.) Maximize the core capacity of our existing transit system; 2.) Improve system accessibility; 3.) Identify new surface transit services and; 4.) Serve emerging markets of the future.