Looking to the future, the Washington, DC region is projected to experience signifi- cant growth. In a 2008 study, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments projected that from 2005 to 2030, employment in the region is expected to increase by nearly 40%, population by 32% and households by 35%. Given these growth
patterns, Metro ridership will grow. From 2009 and 2020, average daily Metro- rail ridership is expected to grow by about 20%. Over the same period, average daily Metrobus ridership is projected to grow by 10-15%. Of all its modal services, MetroAccess is expected to experience the fastest growing ridership at 112%.2
These projections mirror national data indicating more and more people are choosing transit. From 1995-2008, ridership on public transit went up 38%. This is faster than the growth in automobile use over this period (21%) or population growth (14%). In 2008, there were over 10.7 billion passenger trips on transit in the U.S., a 4% increase from 2007.
Metro wants to be the ride of choice for everyone in our region, including existing and future residents and visitors. The investments outlined in the CNI will enable Metro to continue to fill its role as a people mover.
Metro promotes and supports the region’s economy
Besides getting people to and from work, public spending for transit is an invest- ment in job creation. According to a 2009 study by the American Public Trans- portation Association (APTA), every $1 billion of investment in transit capital in- frastructure supports 24,000 jobs. Metro creates direct jobs through its workforce o f 1 0 , 0 0 0 e m p l o y e e s w h i c h i n c l u d e s b u s a n d r a i l o p e r a t o r s , m a i n t e n a n c e t e c h -
nicians, transit police officers, engineers, accountants and employees in many
other fields. Metro also supports local job creation and the economy through the purchase of goods and services. Many of these transactions benefit small local businesses and disadvantaged business enterprises.
Over 16.6 million visitors came to DC in 2008, many of whom used Metro to see the sights. Metro’s easy-to-use transit system makes the DC region an even more attractive place to visit. The importance of providing transportation to visitors was never more apparent than on Inauguration Day 2009. To accommodate record number of visitors, Metro operated trains for 22 consecutive hours, including 17
straight hours of rush hour service. This type of “stepped-up service” is also pro- vided for the multitude of other special events that occur in the DC region.
Public transportation contributes to creating places where one wants to invest, live and work. This kind of development is referred to as transit-oriented development (TOD).
2 Regional growth projections from Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Round 7.1 Cooperative Land Use Forecasts (2008). Metrobus and Metrorail ridership projections developed using Round 7.0 forecasts (2006). Paratransit rider- ship projections from HDR|HLB Decision Economics, Inc. study Paratransit Demand Statistical Analysis and Policy Scenario Analysis (2007) and MetroAccess RevenueVehicle Fleet Management Plan (2009). All studies present projections of future growth and can be impacted by external factors.
Metro wants to be the ride of choice for everyone in our re- gion, including existing and fu- ture residents and visitors. The investments outlined in this Capital Needs Inventory will enable Metro to continue to fill its role as a people mover.