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Metro "Fund It + Fix It" CALL to ACTION

Metro Call to Action - Metro Gets Third & Final YES to Funding! See Award picture!

Coalition for Smarter Growth Awards, April 23, 2019

The Coalition for Smarter Growth celebrated the 16th annual [Frederick & Diana] Prince Livable Communities Leadership Award with a reception on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at the Tico Restaurant, 1926 14th Street, Washington, D.C.

Former Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker was awarded with the 2019 Prince Livable Communities Leadership Award and the region's League of Women Voters (of the National Capital Area) received the 2019 Sanders-Henn Community Hero Award winner for their role in winning dedicated funding for Metro.

Pictured below are representatives of LWVNCA state Leagues, DC, MD & VA receiving the award on behalf of the Metro Fund It/Fix It (FIFI) committee.

From L to R: Deb Wake (VA), Anne Anderson (DC), LWVNCA Pres. Kathy McGuire, Elaine Apter (MD), Stewart Schwartz, CSG Exec. Director

For More information about the Award on the CSG website click here. For more about the Coalition for Smarter Growth: CSG website

NOW WHAT? We Have the Dedicated Funding. What Do We Do With It?

Join the Coalition for Smarter Growth on June 28th, 6:30 PM, at Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies to talk about where do we go from here. 640 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20001 See Calendar for directions

A year ago, winning dedicated funding for Metro didn't seem possible. Now, the impossible happened. With funding in hand, how did we win and what do we do from here?

Join the Coalition for Smarter Growth and two expert panels to talk about how we finally won the fight for dedicated funding and what needs to happen now that Metro has the money.

Show me the money: How did we win dedicated funding and where do we go from here? Thursday, June 28, 6:30 - 8:30 pm


CLICK HERE for flyer with more information.


The Washington Post, March 22, 2018, 9:30PM By Robert McCartney

Metro gets third and final `yes' as Maryland commits to its full share of dedicated funding

Maryland will give Metro its full share of $167 Million a year in new, permanent funding, the governor and leaders of both legislative chambers said Thursday (March 22) putting the transit system on track to win a historic regional deal to support it.

Virginia and the District have committed to provide their share for a total of $500 Million a year in the dedicated funding that Metro says it needs for capital investments to ensure safety and reliability.

With Maryland's assent, and barring last minute glitches, the system will receive a reliable revenue stream for the first time since its trains began rolling in 1976.

Read entire article here


We are receiving notices and Alerts from the FIFI (Fund It/Fix It) Coalition Partners, and from our Leagues. Here are the latest (in chronological order)

  • March 5, 2018 - Alert from CSG (Coalition for Smarter Growth), of which LWVNCA is a member, regarding VA Transportation bills, SB856 and HB1159 that are now in conference committee. The message is to "Tell legislators that Virginia should fund Metro at the full $154 million. . ."

Click here for Complete Alert.

Letter to Elected officials from Fund it Fix it

Press release on LaHood WMATA Report

Metro "Fund It + Fix It" Call to Action forum

The forum was a huge success. Here are the Powerpoint presentations from the forum on Metro Funding.

NVTC Newsletters

WMATA Metro Funding


Council of Governments Metro Funding

We are working with a larger coalition on this issue the Coalition for Smarter Growth.


Get the facts on the issue, scroll down on this page and read some of the articles and reports on the subject.

LWVNCA Position on which we take action

"Volunteer to attend government meetings on the subject and speak to decision makers. Speak to them now!

Join the Virginia Transit Action Network

Share what you've learned with friends, family and neighbors, invite them to get active with you.

Sign the coalition petition.

Now is the time to contact your representatives in your local jurisdiction, state delegation and at the federal level to remind them of the importance of Metro to the regional economy.

Metro Report from Stakeholders

LWVNCA undertakes "Fund it + Fix It" action plan supporting Metro

National Capital Area Leagues undertake "Fund it + Fix It" action plan supporting Metro*

Some 40 years after the League of Women Voters of the National Capital Area (LWVNCA) adopted positions in support of Metro, including a dedicated source of funding for the then-new rapid transit system, it has joined with more than a dozen nonprofit organizations in backing a call for dedicated funding for the system. While a major emphasis of the original positions was to get people out of their cars, along with the need for adequate financing, the current emphasis is to obtain the funding that will allow Metro to fix the system so that it will continue to reduce traffic congestion in the DC area--while serving as the economic engine for the region.

A major impetus for action to solve Metro's funding crisis has been the recent studies and reports issued by major components of the civic structure in the region addressing both the problem and proposed solutions. These include: the Council of Governments, business groups, chief administrative officers of local jurisdictions, Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689, and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation Transit Capital Project Revenue Advisory Board as well as support from regional faith groups, the Coalition for Smarter Growth, environmental groups, etc. As the heading for a recent article by Greater Washington noted, "Almost everyone agrees WMATA needs funding." At this time (when writing), there is major anticipation of the results of a review by the LaHood Commission initiated by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and of an August 28th summit at Mt. Vernon where Governors McAuliffe (VA) and Larry Hogan (MD) and District Mayor Muriel Bowser will discuss how to fund Metro.

Not waiting for agreement on the amount of funding required to get Metro healthy and keep it that way, or the specific methods to be used to obtain the revenue, the League and other groups are moving ahead with plans to generate support for whatever plans are eventually proposed for adoption by the three WMATA jurisdictions (District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia + DMV)

LWVNCA Metro Funding Action Co-Chair Edith Snyder represented the LWV in an August 18 webinar on Metro hosted by the Virginia Conservation Network in conjunction with the Coalition for Smarter Growth. "Metro 101: Building the Conservation Case for a Strong Metro System in Virginia" tied climate change to the transportation sector, underscoring the critical importance of accessible public transportation throughout the Commonwealth. Stewart Schwartz and Pete Tomao of the Coalition for Smarter Growth provided background on the connection between climate and transportation in Virginia and detailed the ways in which Metro, in particular, is currently underfunded and in dire need of repairs.

Snyder, Co-chair with Nancy Soreng of LWVNCA's committee, described for the webinar attendees the League's long-time commitment to Metro. "The League supported the system when it was first proposed and constructed, and we're not about to abandon it now," she said. Snyder noted that the League of Women Voters will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2020 and that it is an organization built on grassroots advocacy. It is this legacy that LWVNCA and its member local Leagues in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia are bringing to activities in support of the Metro funding needed to provide frequent, reliable service. In particular, the regional League is:

  • Hosting a forum with CSG on October 7, 2017, titled "METRO Fund It + Fix It! A Call to Action." This event will be held at NRECA, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, 4301 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22203, from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm. All Leagues in Virginia are invited to attend. The forum will feature an opening panel on Metro's history, value and economic benefits, challenges, and proposed fixes. This session will be moderated by radio station WAMU's Martin Di Caro and followed by a presentation of the "Fund It, Fix It Campaign" by LWVNCA, CSG, and other nonprofit organizations. This will lead into breakout sessions focusing on facilitated development of specific grassroots action plans for jurisdictions in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Snyder said the goal is for all attendees to leave the forum empowered and equipped to advocate for effectively funding a dependable Metro.
  • Producing a fact sheet about Metro for the forum and general distribution.
  • Working with CSG to create and circulate a petition to canvass and organize Metro riders who support the call for Metro funding and improved service.
  • Creating candidate questions about Metro for Virginia's November 2017 state and local elections. To access the webinar, please go to the following link: and enter the password "metro101". To sign up for the forum, go to:


LWVNCA is asking that all LWV members in Virginia support both the call for approval of a method of funding Metro's capital and operating needs and for transit throughout the Commonwealth, because all are affected by its economic, social, and environmental benefits.

  • The billions of dollars of projects built near Metro generate tax revenue not only for NOVA, but Metro generates economic activity worth some $600 million per year in state income and sales taxes. What state support of local services would be affected by a state revenue shortfall due to a failing Metro? Will businesses move to other more supportive locales or not move to Virginia in the first place and how will this affect state revenues?
  • How could seniors, millennials, and the disabled and low income residents lacking cars survive without Metro or other local transit?
  • 65% of Virginia's population and 65% of its gross state product are located in the "urban crescent" from Hampton Roads to Richmond, Frederick to NOVA, and most of its growth is projected in the corridor. Without transit, how would these areas continue to attract the people and business to keep Virginia strong?
  • With traffic congestion getting to be a problem with state-wide impact, how would greater reliance on the automobile affect Virginia's everyday living, the transportation of goods, and its environment and contribution to climate control?
  • And lest we forget, how would more traffic and congestion and less Metro and other transit in Virginia affect emergency preparedness and plans?
  • If Metro fails, how many Virginia jobs are lost either directly or in the construction of Metro cars and systems?

  • League members Therese Martin, Edith Holmes Snyder, and Deb Wake contributed to this article.

News Articles Regarding Metro Funding

3-22-2018 WashPost Metro Gets Third and Final Yes as MD commits to full share of dedicated funding

3.10.2018 WashPost Breakthrough in Virginia on Metro Funding as Lawmakers Approve $154 Million

3.02.2018 WashPost Breakthrough in Maryland on Metro funding, as Hogan and legislature come together

2.20.2018 WashPost Hopes run high for historic Metro deals in Maryland and Virginia, but crucial details remain unresolved

12.14.2017 WaPo Top-Virginia-republican-would-help-Metro-only-with-rigorous-reforms-on-labor-costs-safety

12.5.2017 WaPo Rep-Comstocks-bill-would-give-Metro-more-federal-money-in-exchange-for-reform-board-and-controls-on-labor-costs

11.29.2017 WaPo McAuliffe-Lahood-report-on-metro-to-be-officially-released-Tuesday

11.27.2017 WaPo Maryland-reps-Brown-and-Raskin-propose-union-backed-plan-for-Metro

11.26.2017 WaPo How-Metro-can-recapture-some-of-the-value-it-creates

11.26.2017 WaPo Maryland-transportation-secretary-raises-new-objections-to-Lahood-plan-for-Metro

11.22.2017 RTD Yes-Virginia-we-need-a-functioning DC Metro

10.30.2017 WaPo Metro-budget-sees-no-fare-hikes-service-cuts-through-mid-2019-but-seeks-more-from-governments

10.28.2017 WaPo Virginia-is-betting-more-people-will-turn-to-transit-when-i-66-tolling-begins

10.25.2017 WaPo Can-new-group-of-corporate-heavyweights-succeed-with-metro-where-others-have-failed

10.23.2017 WaPo Bad-news-for-metro-riders-arcing-insulators-are-back-with-a-vengeance

10.16.2017 WaPo VA-gubernatorial-candidates-have-little-to-say-about-transportation

10.15.2017 WaPo Traffic-congestion-at-reagan-airport-sunday-linked-to-Metro-closure

10.14.2017 Metro-earns-biggest-boos-of-the-night-during-nationals-game-5

10.14.2017 Gerry-Connolly-joins-Gov--Hogan-in-urging-ouster-of-Metro-board-chair-Jack-Evans

10.12.2017 WaPo Evans-threatens-to-block-transfer-of-metro-land-needed-for-purple-line-unless-MD-backs-board-changes

10.12.2017 WaPo Metro-to-remain-open-an-extra-hour-for-nats-game-and-wharf-opening

10.10.2017 WaPo Teleworking-may-mean-Metro's-lackluster-ridership-numbers-are-here-to-stay

10.8.2017 WaPo Opinion The-real-cause-of-Metros-troubles

10.7.2017 WMATA Metro Back 2 Good

10.6.2017 WAMU Lahood-metro-board-no-offense-time-go

10.6.2017 WaPo Lahood-defends-plan-to-scrap-metro-board: we-need-new-blood-new-thinking

10.2.2017 WTOP New-survey-reveals-Virginias-metro-riders

9.28.2017 Inside NOVA Leaders-seek-Metro-funding-education-reform-better-housing

9.28.2017 WaPo As reform ideas swirl, board chairman fears another year of scrambling to pay for Metro

9.28.2017 WAMU - Dedicated-funding-dead-metro-2018-business-leaders-shift-focus-governance-reform

9.24.2017 Washington business Journal Now-Metro-is-jumping-into-the-hq2-competition

9.20.2017 WAMU Whats-next-metro-funding

9.20.2017 WAMU What's Next for Metro Funding

9.17.2017 WaPo Metro board chairman splits with Wiedefeld, says $15.5 billion request is too conservative

9.17.2017 WaPo Metro-says-it-needs-$15.5-billion-over-10-years-and-thats-just-so-it-doesnt-get-worse

9.15.2017 WaPo Virginia-gets-more-from-metro-than-it-gives

9.11.2017 WaPo Two-weeks-after-saying-no-more-for-metro-Hogan-offers-500-million-extra-if-others-match-it

9.2.2017 WaPo Behind closed doors, region's leaders clashed sharply over Metro funding

8.28.2017 Washington Business Journal New analysis says Metro sales tax would unfairly burden poor families, suggests new tax on businesses

8.28.2017 WTOP DC mayor and Md., Va. governors meet for Metro, local issues

8.27.2017 WaPo Ahead of regional summit, left-leaning policy groups say `No' to a sales tax for Metro

8.26.2017 WaPo The District's death wish for Metro

8.25.2017 WTOP Lack of spare parts, training hinders Metro railcar maintenance: Report

8.24.2017 WaPo New dispute over cost of fixing Metro pits District against Virginia, Maryland

8.23.2017 WAMU Return Of Metro Safety Oversight To Washington Approved By Trump

8.23.2017 WAMU A New Metro Safety Commission Is Coming, Will It Be More Effective

8.13.2017 WTOP Plan to fix Metro soon to be public

8.12.2017 Frederick News Post Regional leaders will discuss Metro funding

8.11.2017 WaPo McAuliffe, Hogan and Bowser to meet Aug. 28 to try to narrow differences over Metro

8.11.2017 Loudoun Times Loudoun leaders pitch alternative Metro funding plan to rival regional sales tax proposal

7.19.2017 WTOP Metro funding fight continues with new Loudoun Co. proposal

7.7.2017 WaPo Study 'Buy America' imposes costly burdens on Metro and other transit agencies

7.6.2017 Inside NoVa Arlington Sun Gazette editorial Finances must be first step in Metro reform

6.30.2017 WaPo DMV Congress members to federal transportation officials We're fixing Metro. Now give us our money back.

6.29.2017 NYT Cuomo Declares a State of Emergency for New York City Subways

6.29.2017 WaPo For Metro, a coupon for a cup of coffee brings out the passion -- good and bad

6.27.2017 Greater, Greater Washington Almost everyone agrees WMATA needs funding

6.27.2017 WaPo Nonprofits say Metro needs dedicated funding before next fiscal year, even if gridlock delays labor, governance reforms

6.27.2017 COG RECAP At its June meeting, the TPB endorsed COG's Metro principles

6.23.2017 WAMU Metro At A Crossroads Which Way Will Riders Go

6.23.2017 WaPo With two arcing insulators and a Red Line meltdown, Metro riders wonder What did SafeTrack achieve

6.22.2017 WTOP 7 things to know about the upcoming Metro fare hikes

6.22.2017 WaPo 21 D.C.-area business groups agree on plan to fix Metro's finances, governance

6.21.2017 WTOP 5 things to know about Metro's cuts to rush-hour service, routes

6.21.2017 WTOP 6 things to know about Metro's new hours

6.21.2017 WaPo Holmes Norton to business leaders Want to save Metro Pull your strings

6.21.2017 Wash Times Metro's proposed reforms approved

6.20.2017 WaPo Metro opts for low-tech solution to track safety-- face-to-face conversations

6.18.2017 WaPo Md. lawmakers have plan to remake Metro and let each jurisdiction decide how to pay for it

6.16.2017 Coalition for Smarter Growth 4 new reports, 1 struggling Metro system

6.1.2017 WaPo Metro to launch new series of maintenance blitzes once SafeTrack ends. But don't call it SafeTrack 2.0.

5.27.2017 WaPo Slim majority of Northern Virginians favor regionwide sales tax to fund Metro

5.10.2017 WaPo Metro's new watchdog: Where there's money, there's often fraud, and if it exists, we want to find it

5.10.2017 WTOP In suggesting Metro fixes, LaHood plans to focus on consensus

5.7.2017 WaPo Grass-roots activists call for $1 billion in annual Metro funding -- and they have a plan

4.26.2017 Smarter Regional groups respond to MWCOG report and call for dedicated funding for Metro

4.20.2017 WTOP What you need to know about Metro GM's plan to fund transit

4.19.2017 WaPo Metro GM proposes `new business model' and $500 million a year in extra funding to save D.C.-area transit agency

3.30.2017 WaPo Metro union calls for flat fares, dedicated taxes to rescue ridership and finances

3.23.2017 WaPo Virginia Gov. McAuliffe taps Ray LaHood to head panel to study Metro

3.23.2017 WaPo Metro makes it official Higher fares, reduced service coming July 1

3.21.2017 WaPo Trump budget blueprint doesn't bode well for Metro, Sen. Tim Kaine warns

3.17.2017 WTOP GOP-leaning group's analysis backs dedicated funding for Metro

3.16.2017 WaPo Trump budget plan would deal blow to Washington region's transit; Purple Line at risk

3.9.2017 Metro's 7000 series cars are starting to prove their worth

2.28.2017 WaPo Influential business group says Metro needs an emergency control board now


Below are various documents that depict the LWVNCA work on the Metro transportation issue. The documents have been scanned from our archive files.

1963 - Workshop: Wheels, Rails & People

1965 - Washington_Metro-League_Study_-_Transportation_in_Metro_Area

1978 - LWVNCA_Report_-_What's_Going_on_in_Transportation

1979 LWV Chronological History of WMATA