The Committee of 100 was an early and strong supporter of the Metro subway system to serve the DC metropolitan area.  We continue to advocate for significant improvements and sound investments in mass transit to benefit the city and the region.


Metrorail and Metrobus

An out of service train bypassing the westbound platform of the Farragut West Metro station, underneath Farragut Square at I Street and 17th Street in Downtown Washington, D.C. Looking from the eastbound platform.By Tdorante10 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) was created by an interstate compact in 1967 to plan, develop, build, finance, and operate a balanced regional transportation system in the national capital area. Construction began on the rail system in 1969, and operations on the first phase of Metrorail’s Red Line began in 1976. With the addition of the Silver Line providing service to Dulles International Airport, Metrorail serves 98 stations and has 128 miles of track.

Four regional bus systems were acquired in 1973, and today Metrobus serves the nation’s capital 24 hours a day, seven days a week with 1,500 buses. Metrorail and Metrobus serve a population of more than 4 million within a 1,500-square mile jurisdiction. Metro began its paratransit service, MetroAccess, in 1994; it provides about 2.3 million trips per year.


Circulator Bus

Photo of the New National Mall Line with an New Flyer Xcelsior. MJW15, CC BY-SA 4.0 <>, via Wikimedia CommonsThe DC Circulator began operations on two routes in 2005 and now provides convenient public transportation to the District’s main attractions and most neighborhoods for business, culture and entertainment at a fare cost of only $1. Six distinct routes provide service across Washington, DC, into Rosslyn, VA, and along the National Mall. The DC Circulator system has expanded to become the fourth-largest bus system in the region, but the ridership has not returned to pre-COVID levels. The Circulator has been cut from the proposed 2025 budget, but some Council members are opposed and are waiting for a transition plan from WMATA to see if some Circulator routes could be absorbed to minimize impact on riders.


DC Streetcars

DC Streetcar car 203 arriving at the "Union Station" terminus of the H Street/Benning Road Line, located on the Hopscotch Bridge (also known as the H Street Bridge) between 1st and 2nd Street, NE, in Washington D.C. The line opened in February 2016. Car 203, originally numbered 13-003, was built in 2013 by United Streetcar, of Oregon. Photo: Elvert Barnes, 2017The DC Streetcar system currently operates over 2.2 miles of track along H Street NE and Benning Road NE, powered by overhead wire technology. Three streetcars provide service free-of-charge.
The Streetcar system grew out of a DDOT proposal in 2005 for a 37-mile DC streetcar system that never materialized. Its goals were to provide a modern and convenient alternative to connect neighborhoods with quality service, to attract and reach new transit ridership, and reduce the need for short inner-city auto trips, parking demand, traffic congestion and air pollution.

The Committee of 100 has supported a well-planned streetcar system. We have called on DDOT to develop a realistic financial and governance plan for the system, and urged adoption of a state-of-the-art, environmentally-friendly wireless propulsion technology to preserve visual quality, not only for the monumental core but also for neighborhood boulevards.


Document Library

Public Transportation


C100 Testimony DDOT 2021 Budget

Jim Smailes & Meg Maguire

While we strongly support the need for expanded public transit, the proposed extension fails to address long-standing systemic problems.  Unless and until there is a comprehensive plan of how to govern, operate, finance and maintain a world class streetcar system as C100 has called for repeatedly, no further money should be invested in this poorly conceived system.

Date added: June 4, 2020

C100 Comments On The Design Of The Peace Corps Commemorative

Carol Aten, John Fondersmith, Pat Tiller

Date added: April 25, 2019

C100 Letter Wiedefeld Metro Station Painting

Stephen A. Hansen

The Committee of 100 on the Federal City joins the numerous professional organizations, local citizens, and visitors to our Nation’s capital in objecting to WMATA’s painting the concrete vaults in the Union Station Metro Station.

Date added: April 14, 2017

C100 Comments On Streetcars And Bridges

Monte Edwards

The Streetcar portion of the draft Environmental Assessment should be withdrawn and redone to reflect a technically competent and accurate evaluation of wireless streetcar propulsion and an objective comparison of wireless versus overhead wire propulsion for this extension of the streetcar system. The redesign of intersections needs to be evaluated to determine whether they adequately improve those intersections.

Date added: June 2, 2016

C100 Testimony DC Council MoveON Transporation Plan

Meg Maguire

Focusing on transporting people relatively short distances within DC is not going to address the commuter issue nor is it likely to create a major shift from automotive to non-automotive modes. Further, it risks diverting job growth and commercial activity to other jurisdictions.

Date added: June 27, 2014

C100 Article in Hill Rag Streetcar Funding

Meg Maguire

All of us are responsible to see that the streetcar system is done well. Residents and their elected Council members must demand better planning; and DDOT must communicate to a skeptical public how the department will get the streetcar system from here to there.

Date added: June 1, 2014

C100 Testimony DC Council DDOT Oversight Streetcar-Commuter Rail

Monte Edwards

C100 recommendations concerning three items:  1. The need for an appropriation to prepare a comprehensive freight, passenger and commuter Rail Plan for the District of Columbia.  2. The need to restrict DDOT’s expenditure of any further money for engineering and
design of streetcar extensions beyond the H Street/Benning Road line until the requirements of DC Code§ 9-1171 and 9-1173 have been satisfied.  3. The need to provide a streetcar propulsion technology assessment as required by DC Code §9-1174.

Date added: April 29, 2014

C100 Letter Bellamy Streetcar Planning

Monte Edwards

C100's review of the Draft Environmental Assessment and Section 106 Review the Anacostia Streetcar Extension finds that it neither acknowledges nor complies with DC law.

Date added: April 22, 2014

C100 Comments On Anacostia Streetcar Extension Draft Environmental Assessment and Section 106 Review

Monte Edwards & Meg Maguire

The errors and omissions pointed out in the Committee of 100’s response to the Draft Anacostia Environmental Assessment, and the resultant inadequate and meaningless analysis, require the preparation of a revised Draft Environmental Assessment.

Date added: April 17, 2014

C100 Testimony DC Council DDOT Performance Oversight

Meg Maguire

Testimony of Meg Maguire, Transportation Subcommittee Chair, before the DC Council on issues of DC Department of Transportation Oversight.

Date added: March 21, 2014

C100 Comments VA Tunnel Draft EIS

Monte Edwards, Richard Houghton, & Sue Hemberger

The Committee of 100 recommends that the draft EIS be revised to address a number of deficiencies, and that the DC Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration adopt the No-Build Option until such time as the draft EIS can be substantially revised to adequately consider serious operational and physical concerns and consider the short- and long-term benefits of the separation of freight from commuter and passenger rail service.

Date added: September 25, 2013

C100 Comments on MCOG Regional Transportation Priorities Plan

Monte Edwards

We can't solve our congestion problems unless we find a different way to get lots of people in and out of the city to work everyday. The congestion of the streets and bridges because of automobiles, trucks and buses is painfully obvious, and Metro is at or near capacity. By removing the constraints now imposed on commuter and passenger rail, we can move a lot more people into and out of the city. The major constraint is the combined freight and passenger/commuter rail operations in Southwest together with the capacity limitations of a single rail river crossing that today precludes any increase in the amount of commuter traffic. In the future, that problem will be greatly magnified, and we know additional commuter rail capacity will be needed.

Date added: August 16, 2013

C100 Letter to Rahall and Norton Regarding Union Station North

George Clark

C100 commends Rep. Rahall and Del. Norton you for their interest in the complex set of development proposals related to Union Station. Their decision to pursue an audit of the operations of the government-sponsored corporation that oversees Union Station is an important step to bringing order to what we believe has been a haphazard process.

Date added: February 28, 2012

Monte Edwards CHRS Testimony DC Council Streetcar Landuse Study

Monte Edwards

Monte Edwards testifies on behalf of the Capitol Hill Restoration Society raising several concerns about the Streetcar Land Use Study.

Date added: February 1, 2012

Meg Maguire C100 Testimony DC Council Streetcar Land Use Study

Meg Maguire

The C100 raises concerns regarding the funding of streetcars and the lack of specificity about land use planning.

Date added: February 1, 2012

Building a World Class Streetcar System for a World Class City

Prepared by Meg Maguire, Dorn McGrath, Monte Edwards, Dick Wolf

Date added: October 1, 2010

NCPC Letter to DC City Council

Date added: June 24, 2010