Regional Priorities

METRORAIL AT 40: Lessons from Major North American Transit Systems


The Greater Washington Board of Trade and Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments brought together approximately 100 area business, civic, and government leaders together for the second event in a series on how the region can help restore Metrorail’s safety, reliability, and world-class reputation.

The Board of Trade and Council of Governments invited representatives from several North American transit agencies and an expert from Imperial College London for a discussion on what the region can learn from other systems. The series is taking place during the 40th anniversary of Metrorail’s opening. 

(L-R): Chuck Bean (Executive Director, COG), Ronnie Hakim (President, New York City Transit), Steve Feil (Deputy Director of Operations, Miami-Dade Country Transit), Keith Parker (General Manager & CEO, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority), Roger Berliner (Chairman, COG), Paul Wiedefeld (General Manager & CEO, WMATA), Dan Waetjen (Chairman, GWBOT), Andy Byford (CEO, Toronto Transit Commission), Dorval Carter (President, Chicago Transit Commission), Jim Dinegar (President & CEO, GWBOT) 


  • Roger Berliner, Chairman, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
  • Daniel Waetjen, Chairman, Greater Washington Board of Trade
  • Andy Byford, CEO, Toronto Transit Commission
  • Dorval Carter, President, Chicago Transit Authority
  • Steve Feil, Deputy Director of Operations, Miami-Dade County Transit
  • Veronique “Ronnie” Hakim, President, New York City Transit
  • Keith Parker, General Manager & CEO, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority;
  • Alex Barron, Railway and Transport Strategy Centre, Imperial College London
  • Tom Davis, Former Congressman, United States House of Representatives