Metro Board Kicks Off Strategic Planning Process

September 22nd, 2011

Metrorail Core Capacity: One issue discussed by the Board today.

The Metro board kicked off a strategic planning process today at a special 10 AM session. Staff presented the board with a history of regional visioning efforts, growth forecasts, an assessment of the role of Metro in the regional transportation network, and an assessment of how the region would look if there were no transit.

The remainder of the presentation covered a series of issues currently being faced by Metro and the region as a whole, including:

  • Constrained core capacity
  • Last mile(s) station access
  • Inefficient surface transit
  • Coordination of streetcar and lightrail projects
  • Serving emerging activity centers with high quality transit
  • The rising costs of operations and maintenance
  • Unfunded capital needs

An annotated PDF of the presentation is available for download.  You can also listen to the presentation and the board’s subsequent discussion.

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  1. xmal
    November 30th, 2011 at 23:43 | #1

    Two items not in the presentation for potential consideration by the Metro board:
    * Frequency improvements and integration of the commuter rail systems, which would reduce congestion by allowing commuters to travel directly between the Eastern Red and Orange lines and L’Enfant and Crystal City and vice-versa, bypassing the core transfer stations.
    * Driverless trains, which would lower the operating budget during off-peak periods.

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