Goal 4 – Ensure Financial Stability and Invest in our People and Assets

July 25th, 2013

Metro will seek sufficient and stable funding while leveraging all of its assets wisely.

Metro will put to best use Parking-Credit-Card-Glenmont-041311-20all of its resources—from investing in employees and smarter management of equipment to securing a sound financial roadmap for the future. But this alone will not give the region the transit network it needs for the future. Reliable and sustained funding will be absolutely necessary for Metro to make the critical investments that the region needs. Metro will work with partners at the local, state, and federal levels to ensure that proper funding mechanisms and practices are in place. Metro is a wise steward of its resources. Each year, Metro recycling efforts divert tons of garbage from landfills.

Secure funds for strategic investment

Metro will work with regional and federal partners to secure predictable funding sources to enable strategic investments for transit. Metro is already working with regional partners to develop multi-year budgets to form the basis of stable funding agreements.

Priority strategic actions underway include:

  • Ensure adequate annual operating and capital funds that are sufficient to execute Momentum
  • Capture additional revenue from real estate and advertising
  • Establish multi-year rolling schedules for funding agreements: six years for operations and ten years for capital

New priority strategic actions include:

  • Pursue fare policies that are equitable and balance revenue needs with ridership growth

Invest for the long-term

Metro’s vehicles, tunnels, bridges, stations and systems are all valuable physical assets for the region that will require replacement. Metro will prioritize and replace assets with a view to providing long-term safety, reliability and cost savings.

Priority strategic actions underway include:

  • Replace aging vehicles and garages with safer, more modern designs
  • Maintain an Access fleet with an average age of less than five years
  • Develop an asset management system using lifecycle costs in line with industry best practice
  • Keep infrastructure and technology on schedule for repair or replacement
  • Maintain a bus fleet with no buses older than 15 years old

Increase efficiency and lower costs

Metro will operate efficiently by focusing on key cost drivers, improving business processes, and using technology more effectively.

Priority strategic actions underway include:

  • Stabilize workforce by managing absenteeism and overtime
  • Develop contract lifecycle management approaches
  • Continue to advance ongoing work related to regional bus network optimization
  • Continue to develop strategies to increase use of bus and rail by customers with disabilities.

New priority strategic actions include:

  • Develop processes to become a performance based organization
  • Create affordable collective bargaining agreements
  • Incentivize employees to identify inefficiencies throughout the authority

Be Green

Metro will employ technologies and practices to reduce consumption of natural resources and pollution. Lower energy usage, alternative fuels, and sustainable development criteria will be considered for new facilities and vehicles.

Priority strategic actions underway include:

  • Expand the share of alternative fuel vehicles
  • Pursue energy efficient designs of equipment and facilities\
  • Ensure environmental excellence inside and out

New priority strategic actions include:

  • Explore potential for installing electric charging stations for surface vehicles at rail stations

Recruit and keep the best

Continued growth and development throughout the region requires an organization that is capable of recruiting, developing, and motivating and retaining a diverse, high-performing workforce necessary to achieve Metro’s goals and to foster the next generation of Metro employees and leaders. Metro’s human capital strategies leverage the priority actions identified in Momentum to address future workforce demands and challenges.

Priority strategic actions underway include:

  • Expand strategic sourcing partnerships with an emphasis on diversity recruitment capabilities
  • Implement training programs to address broad-based developmental needs
  • Develop a performance management program to serve as a foundation for succession and leadership development


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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