Organizations

WMATA services are a vital economic lifeline for residents of DMV region, especially the most public transit dependent populations of low-income workers, persons with disabilities, senior citizens, and students. Nearly 600,000 people rely on WMATA services daily.

What is Save Our System? and why should I get involved?

The Save Our System Coalition (SOS) shares the concerns of many riders, community based organizations, grassroots, congregations, small businesses, workers, unions and others that WMATA is not adequately providing a safe and reliable transit systems and the demand to do so is growing rapidly. By slashing services, eliminating routes, and raising fares, WMATA is leaving public transit-dependent populations stranded without access to employment, food, schools, healthcare and community services. WMATA riders and the regional economy are suffering. The lack of good public transportation to access these basic necessities is one of the major economic, environmental and social justice issues facing the DMV region. It shouldn’t be this way. We are calling for all local community based organizations and leaders to come together with us to shift the narrative and fix our transit system.

SOS advocates for a safe and reliable transit system, that has dedicated funding that doesn’t put the costs on the most marginalized riders, and a system that is fair and accessible. By signing as a supporter and partner of the Save Our System coalition we ask that you work with us to promote transit solutions that puts riders first. Solutions that our metropolitan region desperately needs and agree with the following points:

  • We want a safe and reliable transit system. Make the safety of riders and workers a real priority. The DMV’s public transit needs investment, not privatization, which results in neglect. Adopt safety recommendations from workers who operate and maintain the system. Establish labor-management partnerships on all safety matters.

  • We want a funded transit system. Secure dedicated funding that doesn’t put the costs on the most marginalized riders in the area. Establish funding sources that generate predictable funding in a more sustainable and equitable manner.

  • We want a fair system. Reject service cuts and fare increases. Advocate for a flat fare system. Allow free transfers from local bus-to- rail, rail-to- local bus or local bus-to- local bus within two hours of the time you paid your fare. Implement a system that takes into account a riders ability to pay, no one should face criminialization for not being able to afford public transit.

We commit to working with you to best engage your organization and your membership, helping to amplify your voice. We offer educational opportunities, community building activities, and a framework to plug you and your membership into the rider organizing group!

There are many ways Organizations and Community Leaders Can Help Save Our Transit System:
  1. Join our coalition
    The first step is to read and sign our Organization Sign On Letter to the WMATA Board.

  2. Help us build our riders group
    Get petitions signed at membership and community meetings - Contact us at organize@savemetro.org
    Email our petition to your list - Here is an email script that you may use.

  3. Mobilize your members to testify at a WMATA Hearing
    Join S.O.S. at upcoming WMATA board meetings to tell WMATA: Make the system fair!

  4. Share your story with us
    Email us your story or a story from others about how good Metro service helped (or service cuts/fare hikes hurt) your local membership or you personally. Send it to: organize@savemetro.org

  5. Attend a coalition meeting or town hall
    RSVP for details by emailing organize@savemetro.org

  6. Mobilize membership for rallies and events
    Check out the events page on http://savemetro.org/events or stay updated by signing up at http://savemetro.org/riders

  7. Coordinate with us
    Be involved in action planning or host a public forum or neighborhood meeting about Save Our System.Email organize@savemetro.org to find out more.

  8. Lobby on the issues (get others to lobby on issues as well)
    Email organize@savemetro.org to find out more.

  9. Assist in communication strategy
    Join our Communications working group! Email organize@savemetro.org to find out more.

  10. Help us build our coalition
    Are there groups who you think should be involved that we’re missing? If so, please invite them to sign our organization letter.

  11. Invite an S.O.S. organizer to present at your membership meetings/panels/forums/etc
    We can send a trained S.O.S. organizer to your meeting to help your membership learn more. Request an organizer by emailing us at: organize@savemetro.org

Sign our coalition sign on letter!

We the undersigned are a coalition of workers, riders, and community supporters who are demanding the public transportation system our region needs. Our transit system is in distress and we need to FIX WMATA, FUND IT, and MAKE IT FAIR.

WMATA services are a vital economic lifeline for residents of DMV region, especially the most public transit dependent populations of low-income workers, persons with disabilities, senior citizens, and students. Nearly 600,000 people rely on WMATA services daily. WMATA is not adequately providing a safe and reliable transit systems and the demand to do so is growing rapidly. By slashing services, eliminating routes, and raising fares, WMATA is leaving public transit-dependent populations stranded without access to employment, food, schools, healthcare and community services. WMATA riders and the regional economy are suffering. The lack of good public transportation to access these basic necessities is one of the major economic, environmental and social justice issues facing the DMV region. 

We are calling for WMATA and our regional leaders to:

FIX IT: Establish labor-management partnerships on all safety matters. Make the safety of riders and workers a real priority. WMATA needs better management and investment, not privatization. Adopt safety recommendations from workers who operate and maintain the system.

FUND IT: 
WMATA and regional decision makers must work together to secure dedicated funding. Establish funding sources that generate predictable funding in a more sustainable and equitable manner.

MAKE IT FAIR: 
Reject service cuts and fare increases. Implement modified... Read the entire letter here.