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The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) was created by an interstate compact in 1967 to plan, develop, build, finance, and operate a balanced regional transportation system in the national capital area. Metro began building its rail system in 1969, acquired four regional bus systems in 1973, and began operating the first phase of Metrorail in 1976. Today, Metrorail serves 91 stations and has 117 miles of track. Metrobus serves the nation's capital 24 hours a day, seven days a week with 1,500 buses. Metrorail and Metrobus serve a population of approximately 4 million within a 1,500-square mile jurisdiction. Metro began its paratransit service, MetroAccess, in 1994; it provides about 2.3 million trips per year.
Metro announced today its first ever Strategic Plan for Joint Development, a detailed roadmap to increase private development opportunities on Metro-owned land. The bold 10-year initiative establishes a goal to execute 20 joint development agreements by 2032, strengthening coordination with local jurisdictional partners and streamlining processes for private development partners.
As Metro prepares for the opening of both the Silver Line Extension and Potomac Yard Station in 2022, the transit authority will also advance its intensive state of good repair program. This includes completion of the multi-year platform reconstruction effort at 20 outdoor rail stations and several large-scale construction projects, including a major rehabilitation of the Yellow Line’s Potomac River tunnel and bridge crossing.
Metro Board Chairman Paul C. Smedberg announced that General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Paul J. Wiedefeld, age 66, gave notice today that he will retire from Metro in six months, after more than six years at the helm of the regional transit agency.