Without WMATA, the region as we know it would not be possible. Everyone, whether they take transit or not, benefits from WMATA.
Whether it be the commuter who gets to save time and money by taking the train or the commuter who drives and has a train full of people not on the road with him, both benefit.
Whether it be the local skipping the airport traffic on their way to a well deserved vacation, or the out of town tourists who should stand to the right as they move easily about our beautiful region, everyone benefits.
Whether it be the students taking the Metro Bus home from after school activities or the parents able to enjoy a night out without worrying about who's driving, all ages benefit.
WMATA has enabled growth throughout the region in ways and places that would have once been considered impossible if we were to purely rely on individual cars.
There would be no DMV if there was no WMATA.
But our beloved transit system is in trouble. Post pandemic changes in work patterns have disrupted once dependable revenue streams right as inflation has increased operating costs. Despite making changes that are improving service and growing ridership, including longer hours of operation, greater frequencies, and several new stations, WMATA is facing a $750 million shortfall unless the governments of the region increase their financial support.
If WMATA doesn't get the funding it needs, we all will suffer. Frequencies will be cut, and some bus routes may be removed entirely. Maintenance will be deferred. Fares may increase, but without additional government funding, this will still mean paying more and getting less. So much of the progress WMATA has made in recent years will be lost.
Governor Moore has put forward a budget that will increase Maryland's WMATA funding by $150 million this fiscal year, and will raise it again in a few years. But WMATA needs more from Moore. Maryland needs to increase what it gives to WMATA by about double what the Governor is proposing this fiscal year.