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Restoring Metrorail

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Since 2015, the COG Board of Directors has focused on helping restore Metrorail to world-class status. This effort involved action on various fronts.

COG, in partnership with the Greater Washington Board of Trade, held two large forums this year bringing together government, business, and civic leaders to discuss how the region can support Metro as it works to restore public confidence, maintain a safe and reliable system, and pay for improvements.

In addition, a COG task force of city and county managers and chief financial officers has analyzed performance metrics for Metro, funding needs, and the economic value of the system to the region. Following its initial analysis, the group will explore revenue options to help steer Metro toward a solid financial foundation.

Regarding safety, COG supported the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia in creating an independent Metrorail Safety Commission that will assume safety oversight of Metro from the Federal Transit Administration. Once the three jurisdictions each approve enabling legislation, the commission will have the power to order immediate corrective safety actions, investigate hazards or accidents, and issue fines. Through its Fire Chiefs Committee, COG also worked with Metro to develop new safety protocols and improvements to emergency communications.  

News & Multimedia

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    Jurisdictions give approval to Metrorail Safety Commission

    April 3, 2017

    In addition to their legislative efforts, the three jurisdictions are currently working together to stand up the commission by selecting commissioners, hiring...

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    COG Board elects 2017 officers - Kenyan McDuffie to serve as Chairman

    January 11, 2017

    McDuffie, who has served on the board since 2013, told his colleagues that securing sustainable, dedicated funding to help restore Metro to a world-class system...

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    Three takeaways from the 2016 COG Annual Meeting

    December 21, 2016

    The COG annual membership meeting on December 14 provided area leaders with an opportunity to focus on major regional initiatives, such as efforts to restore...

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    Officials discuss Metro maintenance needs, operating hours

    November 14, 2016

    At its November meeting, the COG Board of Directors received a presentation on Metrorail’s preventive maintenance needs and discussed a proposal by General...

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    COG study calls Metro essential to region's prosperity

    October 26, 2016

    COG interim report details system’s needs, value after year of intense focus

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    How SafeTrack has impacted traffic on area roadways so far

    July 19, 2016

    Analysts at the TPB have examined hour-by-hour traffic patterns on area roadways during the first four “safety surges” of Metro’s aggressive, yearlong SafeTrack...

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