Investment Category: Customer/Demand
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments projects that from 2005 to 2030, employment is expected to increase by nearly 40%, population by 32% and households by 35% in the Washington metropolitan region. Job growth in northern Virginia and the Maryland suburbs is expected to increase by 51% and 38% respectively and population growth in Loudoun County is expected to increase by a notable 89%. The District of Columbia is laying the foundation to increase its population by 24% by expanding its housing stock and community- based retail. This phenomenal growth in the region will translate into increased demand for Metrorail, Metrobus and MetroAccess services. WMATA Service Area Maryland Montgomery County Fairfax County C i t y o f A l e x a n d r i DC Fairfax Regional Growth: 2005-2030 Employment Population Falls Church Prince Georges County a A r l i n g t o n C o u n t y Metropolitan Total Metro Service Area 38% 33% 23% 41% 32% 23% 24% 23% Virginia Inside Beltway Outside Beltway Outer Suburbs 65% 61%
Note: Service to Loudoun County will begin in FY 2017 with the extension of Metrorail to Dulles Airport.
Source: MWCOG Round 7.1 Cooperative Land Use Forecasts, 2008
Between 2010 and 2020, average daily Metrorail ridership is expected to grow by about 20%. Over the same period, average daily Metrobus ridership is pro- jected to grow by 10 - 15%. Of all its modal services, Metro’s paratransit service, MetroAccess, is expected to experience Metro’s fastest growing ridership at 112%. Customer/Demand capital needs includes investments that address Metro’s grow- ing ridership and improvements to the rider experience.
On an average weekday in FY 2009, there were about 750,000 trips on Metro- rail. By 2030, Metrorail ridership is expected to be close to 1 million trips on
Projected growth in the Washington, DC region will translate into increased de- mand for Metrorail, Metrobus and MetroAccess services.
an average weekday, approaching the ridership seen on Inauguration Day 2009 (1.1 million trips). To accommodate record ridership on Inauguration Day, Metro operated trains for 22 consecutive hours, including 17 straight hours of rush hour
service. Even with this unprecedented amount of service, customers experienced l o n g l i n e s , c r o w d e d p l a t f o r m s a n d p a c k e d t r a i n s . I n o r d e r t o h a n d l e I n a u g u r a t i o n
D a y r i d e r s h i p o n a d a i l y b a s i s w i t h o u t s e v e r e o v e r c r o w d i n g , M e t r o n e e d s t o i n v e s t
in new rail cars and upgraded power systems to run 100% 8-car trains.