Metro in 2011 launched a $5 billion program to deal with deferred maintenance. This six-year effort, known as MetroForward, has already delivered improvements in safety, reliability and customer service.
The funding agreements for MetroForward will end in FY2017. WMATA estimates that the systems needs more than $1 billion annually just for State of Good Repair and System Performance projects that would maintain and replace assets on a regular life-cycle basis to continue the current level of service. These projects include safety improvements recommended by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), rail car and bus replacement and repair, and escalators replacements.