Better transit service

Increased and improved bus and rail service would provide residents with an alternative to driving.

  • Although Metrorail handles approx. 727,000 trips and Metrobus handles approx. 426,000 trips daily, many areas are not served sufficiently (or at all) by bus or rail.
  • With the region’s growing population, building or widening roads is not an effective transportation solution.
  • The Washington, D.C.  area continually fails to meet federal Clean Air Act standards; additional ridership would mean less ground-level ozone.
  • Contaminants from vehicles and road construction and maintenance activities are washed from roads and roadsides when it rains or snow melts.   A large amount of this runoff pollutes local streams and the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Transit saves money: Insufficient transit options force commuters to incur significant vehicle ownership costs.  According to the American Automobile Association, owning a vehicle can increase a household budget by as much as $7,000 or more each year.