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.