The secured $104 million grant will not only facilitate the conversion of bus garages but will allow WMATA to procure new battery electric buses, while also fostering workforce development and training initiatives.
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With a strategic plan to retrofit stations gradually over the next year, WMATA aims to bolster community respect for the transit system and foster a more inclusive transportation experience for all passengers.
As part of its Better Bus Initiative, WMATA has introduced courtesy stops for Metrobus customers travelling at night time, prioritising safety and enhancing the bus experience.
WMATA introduces service enhancements with increased train and bus availability, along with simplified fare structures, aiming to provide improved transportation options for customers.
WMATA takes a significant step towards promoting transit equity and affordability in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia region with its new Metro Lift programme, providing reduced fares for low-income riders.
WMATA's latest improvements to real-time bus information offers customers with more accurate and clear predictions, alongside ePaper signs and USB charging outlets on-board buses.
WMATA buses in the District of Columbia will soon use automated cameras to enforce bus-only lanes and bus stop zones, improving service for two-thirds of Metrobus customers and supporting sustainability in transit.
MTPD's new body-worn camera programme will supplement the thousands of cameras already in WMATA's transportation system, enhancing public and officer safety, as well as fostering trust within the community.
The new plan will see WMATA heavily invest in installing the required charging infrastructure and providing training and maintenance, as it works to accelerate its transition to a 100% zero-emission bus fleet by 2042.
In line with WMATA's sustainability goals, the Bladensburg Garage's new zero-emission bus facility will house 150 electric vehicles and will be complemented by 10 additional battery electric buses by 2024.
In collaboration with Metro Transit Police, WMATA is launching a series of public safety initiatives to strengthen customer safety, including more officers throughout the Metrobus and Metrorail system and new Crisis Intervention Specialists.
As part of FTA’s Sustainable Transit for a Healthy Planet Challenge, WMATA is developing a series of plans detailing strategies to reduce and address the region's carbon emissions and climate challenges.
Metro Transit Police will work to increase safety across the Metro network by engaging with the community, targeting enforcement efforts and increasing police visibility on buses, trains and in stations.
In addition to supporting WMATA’s mission to provide safe, reliable and affordable transportation, the 10-year plan will foster sustainable regional growth by creating new housing and business opportunities located near transit.
Following attaining high scores across all 17 transit security categories - included its security plan, training, drills and exercise programmes - TSA has awarded WMATA the Gold Standard Award for the fourth year running.