LaHood Metro Study
In 2017, Governor McAuliffe asked former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood to conduct an objective comparison of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's condition relative to its peers in order to look for opportunities for improvement and dispel myths about what needs to be done to fix the system.
Secretary LaHood was Secretary of Transportation under President Obama as well as a former Congressman from Illinois.
On December 5th, Secretary LaHood released his final report.
The 2017 General Assembly passed HB 2136 requiring:
That the Secretary of Transportation, in coordination with the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, shall engage his counterparts in Maryland and 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 postemployment 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 and Senate Transportation Committees regarding activity taken in accordance with this enactment.