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Introduction — Capital Needs Inventory

The Capital Needs Inventory (CNI) documents Metro’s vehicle, infrastructure, fa- cility, technology and system needs over the next ten years (FY 2011 – 2020).

Metro’s Role in the Region

Thanks to long-term invest- ment by jurisdictional partners and the federal government, Metro fulfills a critical role in the region.

In FY 2009,1 close to 360 million trips were taken on Metro, with riders traveling to work, school, tourist sites and other destinations in the Washington, DC region. Thanks to long-term investment by jurisdictional partners and the federal govern- ment, Metro fulfills a critical role in the region. As Metro faces daunting capital needs over the next 10 years, the region is asked to continue its investment in o r d e r t o s u p p o r t s a f e t y a n d r e l i a b i l i t y , p r e s e r v e c u r r e n t l e v e l s o f s e r v i c e , a d d r e s s

growing ridership and improve the customers’ experience. The reasons to invest in Metro are clear:

  • Metro moves people

  • Metro promotes and supports the region’s economy

  • Metro improves the environment

  • Metro strengthens the national capital area’s safety

Metro moves people

Metro is in the business of giving people a transportation choice. Metro directly benefits those who use the transit system, providing regional mobility and ac- cess for work, school and recreation. On an average weekday in FY 2009, Metro ridership totaled about 1.2 million (close to 750,000 trips on Metro’s rail system, 440,000 on Metro’s buses and 7,500 on Metro’s paratransit service). Riders come f r o m a 1 , 5 0 0 s q u a r e m i l e a r e a c o n t a i n i n g 3 . 5 m i l l i o n r e s i d e n t s a n d h u n d r e d s o f thousands of tourists. Metro is the 2nd largest rail transit system, the 6th largest bus

network, and the 8th largest paratransit service provider in the United States.

Without Metro, people would not be able to get to and from work. The 2007/2008 household travel study conducted by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments found that 17% of the region’s commuting trips are on transit. Na- tionally, only 5% of commuting trips are on public transportation (2000 Census). In the center core of Washington, DC and parts of Arlington County, 43% of work-

ers use transit. About half of Metrorail stations serve federal facilities, and federal employees make up nearly half of Metro’s peak period commuters. Public transit is also a vital link for citizens with disabilities who rely on MetroAccess, a paratransit service for people who cannot use fixed-route bus or rail systems. Operating in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, MetroAccess meets the needs of thousands of people per day.

1 The Metro scal year runs from July 1 to June 30.

2 Capital Needs Inventory

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