BCC Regional Services Center FY23 Budget Forum

Virtual and at the RSC Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 7pm
In-person (limited seating):B-CC RSC 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814

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The Citizens Advisory Board Welcomes County Executive Marc Elrich and the Management and Budget Staff

AGENDA

Welcome & Introduction• Pete Fosselman, Director, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center
Welcome Remarks• Kristen Nelson, Chair, Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board
Presentation – Office of Management and Budget on the Process and Current Fiscal Climate• Office of Management and Budget
Remarks – County Executive Elrich
Community Comments and Questions
Closing – County Executive Elrich
Adjourn

Council Budget Actions for the Pike District

Below is a list of the budget actions on items that affect the White Flint/Pike District. Click here to view the details.

Bus Rapid Transit on Route 355: $18 million

White Flint Metro Station Northern Entrance: Council added $11.6 million (of projected $34.8 million cost) back into the project with goal to share the rest of the cost with WMATA.

White Flint Metro Station Access Improvements: $2.9 million to eliminate hot rights at Old Georgetown Road and Route 355 and streetscape improvements

More on the budget

Normal life continues in some ways — and one of those ways is the county budget. Before you reach the end of the internet in a mostly futile attempt to entertain yourself, take a minute and read up on this year’s budget. There’s a lot going on with this budget — including a rise in the property tax proposed by the County Executive and already dismissed by 8 of the 9 council members.

FY 2020 proposed county budgets now online On Monday, County Executive Marc Elrich sent his proposed operating budget to the County Council, which will vote on it by the end of May.  

Now all of the FY2020 budget documents are online:  the recommended operating budget and public services program; amendments to the recommended FY21 capital budget and FY21-26 capital improvements program (CIP); and the recommended FY21 capital budget and FY21-26 capital improvements program (CIP).

Metro’s revised budget restores some service!

Metro listened to all of us! Your emails and surveys were effective, and our advocacy worked! (Not perfectly, but pretty darn well.)

  • Rail service proposal would only reduce frequency in peak travel periods, such that trains would operate about every 8 minutes on all lines.

  • Off-peak rail service reductions originally proposed would not be implemented. There will not be 15 minute headways during non-rush hour time periods.

  • WMATA is not eliminating the portion of C8 that goes from Glenmont – White Flint.

From the WMATA news release:

Metro General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld yesterday released a revised Fiscal Year 2018 budget plan that lessens the impact of bus and rail service changes for riders, while maintaining “balanced sacrifice” by distributing contributions between the funding partners, Metro management and employees, and customers.

“Metro listened very carefully to our customers who said they would prefer to pay a little more than lose key rail and bus services,” said Wiedefeld. “I recognize that even with some relief for customers, this proposal is tough medicine for the region, jurisdictions, riders, and Metro employees, all of whom must contribute to balance this budget.”

More than 11,000 members of the public participated in Metro’s budget surveys and public hearing, and 54 percent of them rated the General Manager’s original proposal as “very” or “somewhat” fair. By a margin of more than two-to-one, participants said they prefer fare increases over service cuts.

Wiedefeld’ s revised plan would increase rail, bus and parking fares for the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2017 as originally proposed; however, in response to concerns from riders, Metro would keep its seven-day bus pass priced at $17.50, thereby allowing frequent bus riders to avoid the quarter per trip fare increase.

Other changes in the $1.82 billion revised proposal include:

Rail service proposal would only reduce frequency in peak travel periods, such that trains would operate about every 8 minutes on all lines.

Off-peak rail service reductions originally proposed would not be implemented.

More than $5 million in bus service changes have been withdrawn from the revised plan, mostly adding back routes in MD and VA that had been proposed for reduction or elimination.

No paratransit rider is left behind. All MetroAccess riders whose home address is eligible for service today, would continue to receive paratransit service. No bus routes are eliminated that would leave paratransit customers outside the current service zone.

Lifeline bus service is added to support riders impacted by the change in late-night rail service hours.

These revisions were made possible by funding some eligible rail car parts through the capital budget, thereby reducing pressure on the operating budget. Under the revised plan, Metro is seeking increased support from the funding jurisdictions, from about $845 million in Fiscal Year 2017 to about $976 million in Fiscal Year 2018.

Notably, the budget would also enable Wiedefeld to use savings from his employee absenteeism initiative to establish a trust of up to $3 million for OPEB (unfunded retiree health care benefits).

The revised budget plan includes $1.25 billion for Fiscal Year 2018 capital investments as originally proposed to support Metro’s safety and reliability improvements. The capital budget would invest in 7000-series cars to replace 1000-, 4000-, and 5000- series cars; rehabilitation and maintenance of the better-performing legacy fleet; investments in station escalators, elevators, and lighting; and new buses and paratransit vehicles.

The General Manager’s revised budget proposal will be considered by the Board’s Finance Committee at its meeting on Thursday, March 9. It is anticipated that the full Board will vote on the FY18 budget at its meeting on March 23.

Read more:

Washington Post

WAMU

 

8 minutes between Metro trains at rush hour?! And 15 minutes during non-peak times?!

You may have seen articles in the media about the just released proposed WMATA budget. If not, here are a couple of links to bring you up-to-date.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/dr-gridlock/wp/2016/11/01/heres-what-the-metrorail-budget-would-mean-line-by-line/

http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post/34036/metros-latest-budget-proposal-includes-huge-cuts-to-rail-and-bus-service/

http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/news/2016/10/31/reality-check-metros-proposed-budget-will-slash.html

http://wtop.com/tracking-metro-24-7/2016/10/whats-behind-metros-fare-hike-service-cut-proposals/slide/1/

Unfortunately, the proposed budget, if passed, means very long gaps between trains at White Flint.  During peak hours, trains will come every 8 minutes.  (Currently, the goal is a train at White Flint every 6 minutes during rush hour.)  During non-peak hours, trains would come every 15 minutes.  (Currently, the non-peak goal is a train every  6 to 18  minutes depending on the time of day.)

Stay tuned for more information on this issue as well as ways you can provide your opinion to WMATA on these service cuts.

Montgomery County Council FY-15 Budget Updates

The Montgomery County Council met on Thursday, May 15 to deliberate on the FY-15 Montgomery County Operating Budget and the FY 2015-20 Capital Improvements Program. The council came to an unanimous tentative agreement on the Operating Budget for FY-15 and the FY2015-20 CIP.

Some of the key actions to took place that are important for White Flint include:

  •  The approval of the FY 15 Montgomery County Operating Budget of $4.99 billion, which will include funding for the Urban Park Elements.
  • The unanimous tentative agreement on the approval of $4.45 billion of spending in the FY 2015-20 Capital Improvements Program (CIP). This includes the Montrose Parkway East and Chapman Avenue Extension.

The final action and deliberation on the budget will take place this morning, Thursday, May 22nd at 9:30 am. Stay tuned for more information on the final approval of the budget.