WMATA-Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

Washington, DC 20001


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600 5th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
United States

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Safety & Security

WMATA reports crime down 14 percent following security steps

Feb. 23, 2024
The authority has increased MTPD patrols in stations, began utilizing cameras throughout its system and works with a team of crisis intervention specialists to bolster safety ...

WMATA reveals major capital construction plans during next three years

Feb. 12, 2024
The construction plans will modernize the Metrorail system, improve safety and reliability and maintain a state of good repair; planned closures are scheduled between summer 2024...

WMATA launches new website to give riders report on use of public transit

Jan. 18, 2024
The website, Your 2023 Metro report, gives riders detailed information about their use of public transit, including the number of bus and rail trips, the number of stations visited...
Shelters, Stations, Fixtures, Parking & Lighting

WMATA breaks ground on North Bethesda Station development project

Jan. 11, 2024
The 354-unit building will result in 2 million square feet of mixed-use development at the station, including 1,300 residential units.

WMATA completes Red Line maintenance work early and under budget

Jan. 2, 2024
The work between the Dupont Circle and Gallery Place stations came in $250,000 under budget and service resumed one day earlier than planned on Dec. 30, 2023.

WMATA’s Red Line doors to fully operate in Auto Door mode

Dec. 7, 2023
Auto Door mode allows doors to open within three to five seconds after the train stops on the station platform, saving 10 to 15 seconds per stop.

WMATA to expand Metrobus service to 24 hours starting Dec. 17

Dec. 6, 2023
An agreement with the District of Columbia will provide the funds needed to cover WMATA's operational expenses of the expanding service.

WMATA begins repairing 7000-series railcar wheels under new process

Dec. 5, 2023
The new process is in concurrence with the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission and allows WMATA to increase the fit and press tonnage used to mount the wheels to the axles...
Bicycle & Scooter Sharing

WMATA launches Bike and Ride facility to improve connectivity for riders

Nov. 16, 2023
The Bike & Ride facility will enhance and expand the first and last mile connectivity for customers at the station, making it easier to connect to the larger WMATA system.
Hybrid, Hydrogen & Electric Vehicles

WMATA debuts two 60-foot electric buses

Nov. 14, 2023
The New Flyer Xcelsior electric buses are the first to help WMATA meet its goal of an entirely zero-emission bus fleet by 2042.

Articles & News

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WMATA outlines proposed cuts as it faces a $750 million budget gap in FY25

Dec. 15, 2023
The authority will implement a hiring freeze in January and issue layoff notices for next summer, in addition to the proposed service cuts and reduction in capital spending.
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40 Under 40

2023 40 Under 40: Neela Babu, Ph.D.

Aug. 22, 2023
Neela Babu, Start-Up Manager, WMATA
WMATA's will retrofit its Metrorail faregates with a new design aimed at combating fare evasion.
Fare Collection

Faregates with improved design installed at WMATA’s Fort Totten Station

July 25, 2023
The gate design has been finalized after months of testing prototypes.
Starting June 26, WMATA will increase service on 68 bus routes and on its Blue, Orange and Silver Metro rail lines.

WMATA increasing service, implementing courtesy stop option for late night riders

June 26, 2023
Starting June 26, WMATA says riders will see the “most train service” in the authority’s history and the bus service options exceed bus service pre-COVID.
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Customers at the Farragut North Metrorail station. Without a solution to its pending financial crisis, WMATA says service could end at 9:30 p.m. and train wait times would be between 20 and 30 minutes starting in FY24.

WMATA outlines $750 million deficit expected in FY25

June 23, 2023
The authority says it cannot cost cut its way out of the looming crisis that was brought on by raising costs, decreased revenues and voluntary subsidy reductions.
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The value of transit in northern Virginia in 2018 versus 2025 based on NVTC studies.

Transit’s value to northern Virginia: $1.5 billion

June 2, 2023
At least two-thirds of the estimated annual personal income and sales tax revenue generated by transit in northern Virginia can be attributed to WMATA’s Metrorail system.
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Safety & Security

WMATA Inspector General brings attention to WMATA’s cybersecurity vulnerabilities

May 18, 2023
In a new report, the inspector general’s office details what it believes to be ‘unsound IT practices’ and makes recommendations on how the authority can mitigate cyber risk.
A train moves through Metrorail's Potomac Yard station; the station will open May 19 and serve residents and visitors of Alexandria, Va.

WMATA to open Potomac Yard station on May 19

April 20, 2023
The infill station will provide Alexandria, Va., with walkable Metrorail access and is expected to generate millions in private sector investment and support 26,000 new jobs.
WMATA will partner with the District of Columbia and DDOT on its Clear Lanes initiative, which will mount automated camera technology to Metrobuses to enforce bus stop zones and bus-only lanes. After camera installation and testing, the program is expected to roll out in late 2023.

WMATA, DDOT partner on Clear Lanes initiative to speed bus movement

April 18, 2023
The initiative will use automated camera technology to enforce bus-only lanes and is modeled after similar program in New York City and San Francisco.
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Passengers board a Metrorail Orange Line train.

WMATA Board approves $4.8 billion FY24 capital and operating budget

April 17, 2023
The budget better supports fare equity, as well as efforts to enhance safety and improve rail and bus services.

Videos & Resources

Architectural Photographer Inspired by L.A. Metro Stations

Architectural Photographer Inspired by D.C. Metro Stations

Jan. 31, 2018
Photographer Peter Steinhauer visited several Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority stations, using his camera to capture the unique architecture and design of the Metrorail...
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Back2Good 7000-Series Rail Cars

April 19, 2017
To date, 70 percent of 1000-series cars and nearly half of 4000-series cars have been permanently removed from service and replaced with new 7000-series cars.
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Safety & Security

WMATA MTPD K-9 Graduation

Jan. 4, 2017
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) Transit Police Department graduated five new K-9 officers just weeks before the 2017 Presidential Inauguration.
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Mass Transit Weekly Update 6/10/2016

June 10, 2016
This week's transit update includes a look at Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), Community Transit, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Chicago Transit Authority ...
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DC: Snatch & Grab Footage: Metrobus

Aug. 16, 2013
The surveillance video shown August 15, 2013 at the Metro Transit Police press conference regarding snatch & grab of electronic devices.
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Metro Snatch & Grab Footage: Capital Heights

Aug. 16, 2013
The surveillance video shown August 15, 2013 at the Metro Transit Police press conference regarding snatch & grab of electronic devices.

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Lighting Equipment

WMATA celebrates new solar carport on top of Anacostia Station parking garage

Oct. 31, 2023
The Anacostia Station is one of four WMATA facilities being transformed in the District of Columbia and Maryland under the Solar Carport Project.

WMATA cuts ribbon on Integrated Command and Communications Center

Oct. 30, 2023
The 14-story building will be home to the data center, cybersecurity operations, bus and rail video teams, communications and administrative support.

WMATA begins certifying employees to use Auto Doors on Red Line

Oct. 19, 2023
The feature enables doors to open automatically when the train stops at the platform, eliminating the delay of operators manually opening the doors.

WMATA, MWAA celebrate 1 million customers at Washington Dulles International Airport Silver Line Metrorail Station

Oct. 5, 2023
Total ridership passing through WMATA’s six new Silver Line stations is now more than three million.

Most of WMATA Metrorail service returns after Sept. 29 derailment on Blue Line

Oct. 3, 2023
WMATA will operate service every six to 12 minutes from end-of-line-stations to all customers while Blue and Yellow line trains will depart every 15 minutes while crews replace...

Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board approves new funding policies for VRE and WMATA

The policies change the way the VRE is funded and reforms the governance and funding of the WMATA.

WMATA to implement service adjustments to eight routes Sept. 24.

Sept. 21, 2023
The service adjustments will improve safety, reliability and the customer experience to provide better bus service.

WMATA to revamp bus system and simplify routes with Better Bus, Better Names campaign

Sept. 18, 2023
The campaign is part of WMATA's Better Bus Initiative.

WMATA to begin two-week construction project on Red Line Dec. 18

Sept. 14, 2023
The project will allow WMATA to perform critical safety repairs to the tunnel and track infrastructure, upgrade signal and communications systems and install new platform edge...