Planning and Development

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) is focused on promoting smart development around transit facilities, implementing capacity and service improvements to both Metrorail and Metrobus, and advancing transit expansion projects that are best aligned with Metro's vision and goals.

For questions or more information about planning studies, use our comment form.

Real Estate & Joint Development

Metro owns or controls substantial real estate in support of its transit operations. Metro manages its real estate assets through several active programs, which aim to promote ridership and enhance the communities that it serves. Metro encourages transit-oriented development and provides opportunities for real estate partnerships through its Joint Development program.

For more information about these programs, please visit Metro's Real Estate page.

Making the Case for Transit

Metro recently completed a study to make the case for transit in the Washington, DC region. As Metro plans for the future, it is important to understand the impact that the system has had on the region since it opened. In addition to moving people within the region, Metro has supported the development of the real estate market, generated tax revenues, and been the key to the region's economic vitality.

Making the Case for Transit: WMATA Regional Benefits of Transit (November 2011) PDF

Read more about Metro's Case for Transit.

Capital Needs Inventory and Prioritization

In November 2016, Metro completed the 10-Year Capital Needs Inventory and Prioritization (CNI), which identified Metro's unconstrained capital needs from 2017 through 2026 to advance or maintain a State of Good Repair (SGR), meet regulatory compliance, and invest in safety and other critical system enhancements.


Plan It Metro logoMetro's Office of Long Range Planning has a blog where you can follow and provide feedback on many of Metro's current planning activities. From short-term bicycle and pedestrian plans to studies evaluating the future of the Metrorail system, you can find it all on

System Ridership and Analysis

Metrobus Planning

Metro is defining and advancing a new vision for a family of bus services throughout the region including service integration, operations improvements, running way improvements, bus stop facilities, and customer information.

Metrorail Plans and Projects

Thirty years after service first began on the Washington Metrorail, the system has become an integral part of the region's transportation network. Metrorail ridership has increased over the years as the system has expanded and the region has developed. Continued growth in ridership requires expansion of station facilities to handle passenger flow within the station, as well as expansion of facilities to support auto, bus, and pedestrian access to stations.

MetroAccess Plans and Projects

Transit Expansion Plans and Projects

Metro and its regional partners are looking at new ways to expand service in underserved communities and expand and improve service in heavily used corridors. The following projects aim to identify the more efficient ways to provide service in areas with current or anticipated future high demand for transit service.

Station Area Plans and Access Improvement Studies

Metro is committed to increasing and improving access to its Metrorail stations. This includes facilitating easy bicycle, pedestrian, and vehicular access to station areas, planning for additional entrances to rail stations, and working with local jurisdictions to encourage and enable quality development opportunities around our stations.

District of Columbia



Station Joint Development Projects

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