Mortimer L. Downey, Chair (chosen by Board in Jan., 1-year term), 2016
Michael F. Goldman, Esq., 1st Vice-Chair (chosen by Board in Jan.), 2016
Catherine M. Hudgins, 2nd Vice-Chair (chosen by Board in Jan.), 2016

Appointed by Washington Suburban Transit Commission: Michael F. Goldman, Esq., 2017; Keturah D. Harley, Esq., 2017; Malcolm L. Augustine (alternate), 2016; Kathryn H. Porter (alternate), 2016.

Appointed by Northern Virginia Transportation Commission in Jan. to 1-year terms: James Corcoran; Catherine M. Hudgins; William D. Euille (alternate); Mary H. Hynes (alternate). Terms expire 2015.

Appointed by District of Columbia City Council: Jack Evans; Corbett A. Price; Thomas J. Bulger (alternate); Leif A. Dormsjo (alternate).

Appointed by Administrator, General Services Administration: Mortimer L. Downey, 2018; Harriet Tregoning, 2018; Anthony E. Costa (alternate), 2016; Anthony R. Giancola (alternate), 2016.

Paul J. Wiedefeld, General Manager

600 Fifth St., NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 962-1234; tty: (202) 638-3780
(202) 637-7000 (Metro bus & rail information)
(202) 637-1328 (customer assistance)

Report (with Maryland Dept. of Transportation) to Maryland General Assembly budget committees on budget deficit due 30 days after FY2011 budget is finalized (Joint Chairmen's Report, 2010, p. 49).

Report (with Maryland Dept. of Disabilities & Dept. of Transportation) to Maryland General Assembly budget committees on plan for inclusion of Authority's measures in Department of Disabilities Managing for Results submission, Sept. 1, 2010 (Joint Chairmen's Report, 2010, p. 10).

Report (with Dept. of Transportation & Maryland Transit Administration) to Senate President, House Speaker, Senate Education, Health & Environmental Affairs Committee, & House Environmental Matters Committee on program to place recycling bins at transit stations due Dec. 1, 2011 (Chapter 134, Acts of 2011).

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority was created by interstate compact of the State of Maryland, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the District of Columbia with the consent of Congress. Maryland ratified the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Regulation Compact in 1965 (Chapter 869, Acts of 1965). The Authority was formed to plan, finance, develop, and operate a balanced regional transportation system for the national capital area. The Authority also maintains a regular police force to protect patrons, personnel, and property.

The Tri-State Oversight Committee is the safety oversight agency for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. In October 2015, however, the Federal Transit Administration also began to oversee the Metro subway, making Metro the first U.S. subway system to be overseen directly for safety by a federal agency.

Metro. The five-line Metrorail system, known as Metro (or the Washington Metro), opened in 1976 with a single line less than five miles long. In December 1993, a new four-station segment opened to Greenbelt, Maryland. The Blue Line was extended to Franconia-Springfield, Virginia, in June 1997, and the Red Line to Glenmont, Maryland, in July 1998, making Metro a 103-mile rail system of five lines (83 stations), linking Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia. In December 2004, the system increased to 106.3 miles with 86 stations following an extension of the Blue Line to Largo, Maryland. In March 2009, construction began on a 23-mile extension, the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project, from East Falls Church, Virginia, to Washington Dulles International Airport and beyond to Ashburn, Virginia. Phase 1 of the Project, known as the Silver Line, includes four stations and service from East Falls Church to Reston, and opened in July 2014. Phase 2 extends Metro past Washington Dulles International Airport to Route 772 in Loudon County Virginia. Scheduled to open in 2018, Phase 2 will include six new stations. Metrorail served 204,000,000 riders in FY2014.

Metrobus. Congress, the General Assemblies of Maryland and Virginia, and the City Council of the District of Columbia have authorized the Authority to acquire and operate all mass transit bus facilities in the Washington, DC, region. In 1973, Metro acquired four area bus systems. Metrobus now runs more than 1,500 buses on 325 routes, and served 134 million riders in FY2014.

MetroAccess. MetroAccess provides door-to-door, shared-ride transportation services seven days a week within its service area to persons who cannot use public transportation due to a disability and are certified eligible.

The Authority is governed by an eight-member Board of Directors (& eight alternate directors). Each Compact signatory appoints two members and two alternates. Since August 2009, the federal General Services Administration also appoints two members (Public Law 111-62). Board members and alternates serve terms coterminous with their service as members of their appointing bodies (Code Transportation Article, secs. 10-202 through 10-204).

Assisting the Authority are the Accessibility Advisory Committee, and the Riders' Advisory Council.

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