Metro Train and Buses

Metro Train and Buses

The 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. The Authority began building its rail system in 1969, acquired four regional bus systems in 1973, and began operating the first phase of Metrorail in 1976. Today, Metrorail serves 86 stations and has 106 miles of track. 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 3.4 million within a 1,500-square mile jurisdiction. Metro began its paratransit service, MetroAccess, in 1994; it provides about 1.5 million trips per year.


icon C100 Press Release -- Stop Painting Historic Metro Stations
April 24, 2017, Pat Tiller
icon C100 Letter Wiedefeld Metro Station Painting
April 14, 2017, 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.
icon Committee 100 Testimony to WMATA Regarding Proposed Cuts In Metro/Bus Services
April 1, 2010, Dick Wolf
icon Committee 100 Testimony – DDOT Oversight Hearing
February 26, 2010, Meg Maguire


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