Government Operations Subcommittee to Examine DC Metro Funding, Oversight, and Reform Efforts

Oct 21, 2019
Press Release

Washington D.C. (October 21, 2019)—On Tuesday, October 22, 2019, Rep. Gerry Connolly, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, will hold a hearing on “Metro: Report Card for America’s Subway.”

WHERE: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building

WHEN: Tuesday, October 22, 2019

TIME: 2:00 p.m. EST

A livestream of the hearing will be available here.

 

PURPOSE

The hearing will examine the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) funding, oversight, and reform efforts, and serve to shape legislation to further improve the Metrorail system’s operations.

 

BACKGROUND

  • WMATA is a $40 billion transit system that is essential to the operation of the federal government.  Federal employees represent approximately one-third of Metrorail’s peak period commuters, and more than half of Metrorail stations serve federal facilities.
  • WMATA’s Watchdogs: Robust oversight by the Government Operations Subcommittee, WMATA Inspector General, and the newly-formed Washington Metrorail Safety Commission is critical to WMATA’s continued progress in the areas of system safety, reliability for riders, and fiscal accountability.
  • Chairman Connolly has introduced the Metro Accountability and Investment Act (MAIA, H.R. 2520), which would make vital reforms to WMATA and ensure the federal government continues its financial support for “America’s Subway.”

 

WITNESSES

 

Paul Wiedefeld

General Manager and Chief Executive Officer

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

 

Paul Smedberg

Chair

Board of Directors

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

 

Geoffrey Cherrington

Inspector General

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

 

Dr. David L. Mayer

Chief Executive Officer

Washington Metrorail Safety Commission

Issues: 
116th Congress