Goal 3 – Improve Regional Mobility and Connect Communities

July 18th, 2013

Metro will be the region’s transit planner, providing leadership for the transit map of the future. 

The region’s public transit needs are great, Regional Weeday Ridershipand the current multi-party approach has flaws that threaten the overall viability of the network. Metro is the only entity that is capable of and chartered to provide regional transit leadership.

Metro has and will continue to make these and other investments, but it should be noted that jurisdictional partners will also have to do their part in order to ensure that these investments result in significant improvements. This means cooperating on mobility policies, coordinating on capital investments such as traffic signal prioritization, and making land use decisions that support transit usage and ridership gains, especially in areas where Metro has underutilized existing capacity.

Be the region’s transit leader

Metro is not only the region’s largest transit provider, but is chartered as the region’s transit planning entity. Through leadership and partnerships, Metro will guide regional integration, ensuring that today and tomorrow’s regional transit services move people where they want to go, seamlessly.

Priority strategic actions underway include:

  • Develop and adopt regional long-range transit system plan
  • Pursue policies at all levels of government to support a stronger regional role for Metro
  • Promote Metro’s interests in regional planning activities

New priority strategic actions include:

  • Support a regional approach to specialized transportation delivery
  • Promote interoperability across modes and non-Metro services such as facilities, schedules, payment, fares, technologies, and right-of-way improvements

Maximize what we have

Metro will meet growing demand and address overcrowding by optimizing the capacity of Metro’s existing infrastructure. In addition, Metro will work with local jurisdictions to implement transit priority improvements on the street to move buses faster.

Priority strategic actions underway include:

  • Fund and implement Metro 2025

New priority strategic actions include:

  • Aggressively address underutilized capacity by working with jurisdictions as they pursue land-related actions that will result in ridership growth at minimal additional operating cost where Metro excess capacity exists.

Enhance access

Access to and linkages between stations/stops and services is the basis for a successful transit network. Metro and its partners have added sidewalks and bike lanes and connected local bus services to stations, but there is still much work to be done. Metro will continue to improve the usability of multiple modes of transit and the overall accessibility of the entire system to all riders.

Priority strategic actions underway include:

  • Work with partners to maximize safe, barrier free,  direct access to stops/stations for all users and modes
  • Work with partners to ensure seamless connections between Metro and other transit systems in the region
  • Increase utilization of Metro’s parking facilities and work with jurisdictions to expand capacity through shared parking
  • Increase mode shares for pedestrian and bicycle access to transit

New priority strategic actions include:

  • Design facilities on Metro property to ensure and enhance intermodal connections

Expand for the future

Metro will work with local partners to enlarge the rail and bus network to provide high quality transit to communities across the region.

Priority strategic actions underway include:

  • Complete the Regional Transit System Plan

New priority strategic actions include:

  • Connect communities with new high-quality transit that supports regional trip-making across local boundaries

Support the region’s economic competitiveness

Transit is the backbone of the region and a key to its vitality. Metro will continue to support the development of places where people want to invest, live and work.

Priority strategic actions underway include:

  • Work with local jurisdictions to develop policies and plans that support transit-oriented development and balance travel demand
  • Design services to link riders to jobs

New priority strategic actions include:

  • Advance development projects on Metro property

For more information:

Download both the full Momentum plan and the Executive Summary.

Regional support is important to making Momentum a reality! A number of regional stakeholders have already endorsed Momentum. Please sign on and add your name to endorse Momentum and send the message that public transit is vital to the National Capital Region.

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