2017 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1500 (Committee Approved)

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WMATA Compact Reform Goals (language only)

Item 448 #1h

Item 448 #1h

Department of Rail and Public Transportation


Page 436, after line 18, insert:

"3.  That the Secretary of Transportation, in coordination with the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, shall engage his counterparts in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and the appropriate officials in the federal government for the purpose of revising the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Compact of 1966 and implementing other reforms necessary to ensure the near term and long term viability of the Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA).  In doing so, the Secretary, shall develop, propose and seek agreement on reforms related to the following:  (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 labor relations; (iv) measures necessary to resolve WMATA's unfunded pension liability and other post-employment benefits; (v) measures necessary to better ensure the safety of riders and employees, including safety in the event of a homeland security emergency in the national capital area; and (vi) financial and operational improvements necessary to ensure that WMATA's performance is at least as efficient as its closest comparable transit systems in the United States.  The Secretary shall report to and consult quarterly beginning June 30, 2017 with the Chairmen of the House Appropriations, Senate Finance and the House and Senate Transportation Committees regarding activity taken in accordance with this requirement."


(This amendment directs the Secretary of Transportation and the NVTC to work with the other signatories of the WMATA compact to seek reforms to that compact and to report quarterly to the legislature on the progress of such discussions.)