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Budget Amendments - HB1500 (Conference Report)

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WMATA Review to Assist in Identification of Needed Compact Changes (language only)

Item 436 #3c

Item 436 #3c

Transportation
Secretary of Transportation

Language

Page 429, after line 31, insert:

"Q. The Secretary of Transportation shall initiate an objective review of the operating, governance and financial conditions at the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority.  The objective review shall, at a minimum, analyze: (i) the legal and organizational structure of WMATA; (ii) the composition and qualifications of the WMATA Board of Directors and the length of terms of its members; (iii) labor costs and potential strategies to reduce the growth in such costs in the future;  (iv) options to improve the sustainability of employee retirement plans;  (v) safety and reliability; (vi) options to improve the efficiency of WMATA operations; and, (vii) other factors considered appropriate by the Secretary.  To the extent practicable the review shall compare WMATA to other rail transit systems in the United States that have been in operations for more than 35 years and have an overall system length in excess of 35 miles.  Further, the Secretary shall request the participation of the District of Columbia and the State of Maryland in such review and report the findings of his review to the Chairmen of the House Appropriations, Senate Finance and House and Senate Transportation Committees no later than November 15, 2017, with a follow-up report, if needed, submitted by June 30, 2018.  Such report shall include a copy of the WMATA six year capital improvement program, as well as an accounting of assumed revenues generated and available by source and assumptions used regarding operating expenses to develop the capital improvement program."



Explanation

(This amendment directs the Secretary of Transportation to undertake a review of WMATA with the intent of identifying issues requiring reform, with the intent of identifying all issues of concern that must be addressed as part of the WMATA Compact renegotiation.)