If you are interested in issues affecting Fairfax County and Virginia, we invite you to attend our next
FAIRFAX COMMITTEE OF 100
Monday, March 10, 2014
The Future for Metro and Mass Transit in Our Region
Our distinguished speakers:
Richard Sarles, General Manager and CEO
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
The Honorable Sharon Bulova, Chair
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
The Honorable Cathy Hudgins, Supervisor, Hunter Mill District
Member, WMATA Board of Directors
The opening of Metro’s Silver Line heralds great change for Fairfax County and our region. However, rapid growth continues in Northern Virginia and the region, and this no time to rest on our transportation laurels.
Metro and other transit agencies already have plans on how to meet future needs.
At our September 2013 Committee of 100 meeting, we saw the George Mason University forecast for significant growth for the Washington region in the next 30 years. Population will increase 37%. Jobs will increase 55%. In the next 5 years, over half the regional job growth will be in Northern Virginia.
This growth will put significant pressure on Metro and other regional transit systems that are already nearing capacity.
Metro has developed substantial bus and rail expansion plans to meet these increasing regional mobility demands – rail system changes and new lines, bus system expansion and priority corridors, station improvements and interconnections. Metro’s plan – Momentum: The Next Generation of Metro – lays out the steps that Metro will take to prepare for the coming growth.
Fairfax County also is planning significant transit improvements. Significant funding is allocated from the newly available transportation money to begin implementing these plans. Other regional transit agencies are also making significant investments to improve and expand. We heard about some of these plans at our October 2013 Committee of 100 meeting – Virginia's New Transportation Pot of Gold - How should we spend this multimodal windfall?
Come hear about the ambitious plans for the future for transit in our region and Fairfax County. Bring your questions about how our leaders will make all of this happen and how we will pay for these proposals.
377 Maple Avenue, West
Vienna, VA 22180
Members - $39
Non-Members - $49
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Richard R. Sarles
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
Richard Sarles was appointed General Manager and Chief Executive Officer by the Metro Board of Directors effective January 2011, after serving for eight months as the Interim General Manager. Sarles has more than 40 years of experience in the transit industry with WMATA, NJ TRANSIT, Amtrak, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Sarles has set the agency on a course to improve safety, reliability, financial stability and customer service. He has led actions to build a new safety culture within the Agency, including strengthening the safety department, expanding training and creating a new employee safety recognition program. He has spearheaded the replacement of buses and MetroAccess vehicles, and the acquisition of new rolling stock -- 7000 series rail cars equipped with advance crashworthiness technology. Under his leadership, Metro is in the midst of a $5 billion six-year capital improvement program dedicated to improving safety, customer reliability and state-of good repair. In addition to creating a multiyear business plan to support agency goals, Sarles led the development of the agency’s strategic plan, Momentum:The Next Generation of Metro, that benefitted from unprecedented public and stakeholder input.
In 2013 the National Safety Council (NSC) recognized Sarles as one of their 2013 CEOs Who "Get It." The Council recognizes leaders who understand "that safety is not only the right thing to do, but that creating a culture of safety also is a business imperative." Under his leadership, Metro has become the first rail transit agency in the nation to launch a confidential “Close Call Transit Safety Reporting System,” and was also recognized as having an Exceptional Rail Safety Program by the American Public Transportation Association in 2013.
Prior to joining Metro, Sarles served (2007-2010) as Executive Director of New Jersey TRANSIT. From 2002 to 2007, Sarles served as New Jersey Transit’s Assistant Executive Director for Capital Programs and Planning, managing the agency's $1.3 billion annual capital program as well as all three light rail operations in the state. Sarles served at Amtrak from 1996 until 2002 as Assistant Vice President, then Vice President leading the Northeast Corridor’s introduction of its Acela service. Sarles previously worked for more than 20 years in construction, project management and project planning roles with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Sarles earned his Masters of Business Administration degree from Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Engineering from The Cooper Union in New York.
Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
Chairman Bulova was first elected Chairman in a special election on February 3, 2009. She was reelected Chairman of the Board of Supervisors on November 8, 2011. Prior to serving as Chairman, she was Supervisor of the Braddock District from 1988 until 2009. She has served as Chairman of the Board's Budget Committee for 22 of her 26 years in office. A Northern Virginia resident since 1966, Mrs. Bulova resides in Fairfax with her husband Lou DeFalaise. Together, they have four adult children and seven grandchildren.
As a member and past chairman of the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, Mrs. Bulova champions regionalism to address our metropolitan area concerns. She represents Fairfax County on the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, is a member, and past chairman, of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, chaired the Council of Government’s highly successful Region Forward Coalition, and is a founder of the VRE commuter rail system.
Some of Mrs. Bulova’s top priorities are ensuring Fairfax County’s top-tier education system, transforming aging commercial and industrial areas of the county, including Tysons, into successful mixed-use, transit-oriented communities, extending the new Metrorail Silver Line to Dulles Airport, addressing Fairfax County’s affordable and workforce housing needs. She is a member of the County’s governing board to prevent and end homelessness.
Mrs. Bulova regularly engages constituents in community dialogues and outreach efforts. She publishes a monthly electronic newsletter, the Bulova Byline.
Catherine M. Hudgins
Superviosr, Hunter Mill District
Elected to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in 1999, Supervisor Catherine M. Hudgins represents a large magisterial district with significant transportation demands and increasing development. She sees sustainable communities accomplished best by integrating transportation, the environment, and a balance of housing.
She is currently a Principal Director of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Board, having served two terms as Chair. She chaired and is a current member on the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission and the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board.
The Virginia Transit Association recognized Hudgins’ advocacy for transit with their Public Official of the Year Award (2010).
Supervisor Hudgins holds a Masters of Public Administration from George Mason University and BS in mathematics education from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.