Paul J. Wiedefeld to Speak at Voorhees Distinguished Lecture

Jan 23, 2019 | Events, News




The Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center
the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy




The Alan M. Voorhees Distinguished Lecture

Monday, April 22, 2019, 5:00 pm
Governor James J. Florio Special Events Forum
Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ


General Manager and CEO
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

The Washington Region’s Fight to Save Metro

The Washington Metropolitan  Area Transit Authority, commonly referred to as Metro, was created through an interstate compact among the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia and began operations in 1976.  With a new 11-mile line extension planned for 2020, Metro has grown to be the second largest heavy rail transit system in the country.

Known globally for its iconic station architecture and high-quality service for millions of residents and visitors to the nation’s capital each year, its reputation as one of the premier American rail systems declined dramatically over the last decade. Deferred maintenance, a lack of a dedicated funding, a complex governance structure and other factors resulted in a crisis of credibility to provide a safe, reliable and financially sustainable rail system.

This lecture will focus on the factors that led to the decline of the rail system, management actions that physically began to rebuild the system, and subsequently, regain customer credibility and confidence and the recognition of Metro’s critical support of the Washington region’s economy and quality of life. All of which provided a foundation for the agency to receive its first dedicated capital funding.

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Reception 5-5:30 pm, Lecture 5:30-6:30 pm, Q&A 6:30-7 pm

AICP Certification Maintenance credits are pending for this event.