Metro Surveying Customers On Budget, Fare Issues

February 27, 2012 9:33 pmBy: 

Metro is surveying customers online regarding budget and fare policy issues, as part of a public outreach process that will include upcoming open houses and public hearings.

The survey, available here, asks customers for their thoughts in prioritizing services that support Metro’s day-to-day rail, bus and MetroAccess services, as well as ways to fund Metro and new fare options under consideration.

For example, customers are asked for their feedback on a customized monthly pass, which would be priced based on a person’s “usual” Metrorail commute, new short trip and fast pass options, off-peak discounts, parking rates and the “peak of the peak” surcharge.

The survey will remain open until 5 p.m. Monday, March 12, and results will be submitted to Metro’s General Manager and Board of Directors.

Public hearings

In addition to the survey, Metro’s Board of Directors is hosting six public hearings in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia, where members of the public may provide formal testimony regarding the budget and fare proposals. Preceding each of the formal public hearings, Metro will host an hour-long Open Forum with multimedia stations to engage stakeholders and solicit public input.

The hearings will take place as follows:

  • Monday, Feb. 27 — Bethesda Chevy Chase Regional Services Center – Hearing 569 –
  • 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda, MD
  • Wednesday, Feb. 29 — Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School Cafeteria – Hearing 570
  • 7130 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA
  • Thursday, March 1 — Matthews Memorial Baptist Church – Hearing 571 — John H. Kearney, Sr. Fellowship Hall, 2616 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., SE, Washington, DC
  • Monday, March 5 — Washington Lee High School Cafeteria – Hearing 572 — 1301 N Stafford St, Arlington, VA
  • Tuesday, March 6 — St. Columba’s Episcopal Church – Hearing 573 — 4201 Albemarle Street, NW, Washington, DC
  • Wednesday, March 7 — First United Methodist Church – Hearing 574 — 6201 Belcrest Road, Hyattsville, MD

Registering to speak

To establish a witness list for the public hearings, individuals and representatives of organizations who wish to be heard at the hearings are asked to provide in writing their name, address, telephone number and organization affiliation, if any, to Office of the Secretary, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, 600 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001.

Alternatively, requests to speak may be faxed to 202-962-1133 or e-mailed to speak@wmata.com. Please submit only one speaker’s name per letter and reference the hearing number. Lists of individual speakers will not be accepted.

Others present at the hearing may be heard after people who have registered have spoken. This information may be releasable to the public under the WMATA Public Access to Records Policy (PARP). The PARP can be viewed on WMATA’s Website  under the link marked “Legal Affairs.”

Public officials will be heard first and will be allowed five minutes each to make their presentations. All other speakers will be allowed three minutes each. Relinquishing of time by one speaker to another will not be permitted.

Submitting written comments 

Written statements and exhibits may be sent to the Office of the Secretary, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, 600 Fifth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001, or e-mailed to writtentestimony@wmata.com. Statements also may be faxed to 202-962-1133. Please reference the hearing number.

Submissions must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 12. Any personal information such as name, e-mail address, address, or telephone number you provide in the statement may be releasable to the public under the WMATA Public Access to Records Policy.

Accommodations

The locations of all public hearings are wheelchair accessible. Any individual who requires special assistance such as a sign language interpreter or additional accommodation to participate in the public hearings, or who requires these materials in an alternate format, should contact Danise Peña at 202-962-2511 or TTY: 202-638-3780 as soon as possible in order for Metro to make necessary arrangements.

MetroAccess customers who wish to provide comments by telephone may call (202) 962-1141 between these dates Feb. 22 and March 12, and their comments will be transcribed and provided to WMATA’s Board and Management.

Comments

More Top Stories

  • Business Springfield Top Stories Springfield site remains in the running for new FBI HQ

    Springfield site remains in the running for new FBI HQ

    A joint panel of the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has concluded site evaluations for the new FBI Headquarters and has identified three sites as potential locations, and has included the Franconia-Springfield site among the final three. “We are very pleased that the Springfield Warehouse in Fairfax County has made the short list for the new FBI headquarters,” said Fairfax County Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova. “The project would help spur redevelopment in that area […]

    Read more →
  • Politics Top Stories Appeals court upholds ruling striking down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage

    Appeals court upholds ruling striking down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage

    The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals today held that the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection and Due Process clauses require the states to treat all couples equally, upholding a lower court’s ruling striking down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage. The Fourth Circuit’s majority agreed with Virginia Attorney General Herring’s argument that marriage is a fundamental right and same-sex couples are equally entitled to that protection. They further agreed that the state’s reasons for denying marriage rights to same-sex couples failed to meet […]

    Read more →
  • Top Stories Transportation McAuliffe vows to fix “broken” I-66

    McAuliffe vows to fix “broken” I-66

    Saying that I-66 is “broken” in the Fairfax area, Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced a plan to transform the traffic-choked highway into a multi-modal facility with express lanes, rapid bus service and a park-and-ride network from the Capital Beltway to Haymarket. “Interstate 66 is broken. Commuters are stuck in traffic, limited in the travel choices they can make and unable to predict how long their trip will take on any given day,” said McAuliffe. “Giving Virginians more choices and a better, safer […]

    Read more →
  • Education Top Stories Fairfax County School Board elects new chairman

    Fairfax County School Board elects new chairman

    The Fairfax County School Board has elected Tamara Derenak Kaufax (Lee District) as chairman and Ted Velkoff (at-large) as vice chairman for a one-year term. The chair and vice chair assumed office at the July 10 School Board meeting; they are elected by School Board members during the Board’s annual organizational meeting. Derenak Kaufax has served on the School Board since January 2012; she served as vice chair in 2013-14 and has served as chair of the School Board’s Public […]

    Read more →
  • Business Employment Reston Top Stories Transportation Tysons Corner Vienna Metro offers Silver Line briefings to employers

    Metro offers Silver Line briefings to employers

    As Metro’s new Silver Line prepares to open later this month, Metro is offering briefings to businesses looking to ease their employees’ commutes. Nearly 4,000 employers already provide the SmartBenefits commuting benefit to 250,000 workers in the region, according to Metro. Metro hosts SmartBenefits Seminars for employers to learn how to offer employees a better way to get to work, save money, and take advantage of the most recent enhancements to SmarTrip and the Silver Line. Register now for one […]

    Read more →
  • Education Top Stories Northern Virginia Civil Rights Archive unveiled at GMU

    Northern Virginia Civil Rights Archive unveiled at GMU

    Fifty years ago, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 became one of the most significant pieces of legislation ever enacted into law. Many of the men and women who lived through the Civil Rights era and provided more than 50 hours of video testimonials for Congressman Gerry Connolly’s year-long project to create a Northern Virginia Civil Rights Archive will join Connolly at the unveiling of the project at George Mason University Monday (July 7). “The Northern Virginia Civil Rights Archive: […]

    Read more →
  • Floods & Natural Disasters Top Stories Arthur headed for Outer Banks but likely to miss Mid-Atlantic

    Arthur headed for Outer Banks but likely to miss Mid-Atlantic

    Although it will ruin the July 4 holiday for many Northern Virginians who were headed for the Outer Banks, it appears that Tropical Storm Arthur will head out to sea and miss Fairfax and the Mid-Atlantic region. This NASA image, taken by the Aqua satellite as it passed over Tropical Storm Arthur on July 2 at 2:50 p.m. EDT on July 2, shows a cloud-covered eye as the storm was on the way to becoming a hurricane. This visible image of […]

    Read more →
  • Top Stories Transportation Connolly: Highway Trust Fund shortfall threatens Virginia commuters

    Connolly: Highway Trust Fund shortfall threatens Virginia commuters

    Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) today urged his House colleagues to take swift action to replenish the federal Highway Trust Fund when they return to work Tuesday, warning that Virginia and other states could be forced to scale back road, bridge, and transit projects unless Congress acts. The U.S. Department of Transportation has notified all states that restrictions will be placed on their federal highway funds starting August 1st because the Highway Trust Fund is bordering on insolvency. President Obama issued […]

    Read more →

Weather forecast by WP Wunderground & Denver Snow Service