Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Commission

Welcome to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Commission (WMATC)

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Commission (WMATC) was established in 1960 pursuant to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Regulation Compact, an interstate compact among Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia providing for regional regulation of private sector motor carriers transporting passengers for hire in the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit District.

The Commission issues operating authority to van and bus operators and some sedan and limousine operators. Carriers holding authority from the Commission must file fixed rates and fares with the Commission and comply with Commission-prescribed insurance, safety and vehicle-marking regulations. The Commission also prescribes rates and charges for transportation by taxicab between one compact signatory and another, where both points are within the Metropolitan District.

Announcements

 

  • May 23, 2014

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Commission recently approved a rate increase for Washington Flyer Taxicabs, which transport passengers to and from Dulles International Airport. The mileage rate will increase from $2.00 per mile to $2.16 per mile. Waiting time charges will also increase slightly. More details are available in Order Nos. 14,773 and 14,789. The new rates, which will take effect June 19, 2014, are available here.

 

  • February 12, 2014

In cases of inclement weather, WMATC follows the federal government’s operating schedule.  To check the current operating status, visit the U.S. Office of Personnel Management website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/snow-dismissal-procedures/current-status/


  • December 16, 2010:

In response to two fatal rollover crashes, the U.S. National Traffic Safety Administration has issued a consumer advisory urging operators of 15 passenger vans to take specific steps to ensure passenger safety, including monitoring vehicle tire condition. To read the advisory, click here.

 

  • Attention all Carriers:

In 2007, the District of Columbia enacted new vehicle registration requirements for chartered buses seating more than 15 passengers that are operated within the District of Columbia.  Under these new requirements, such vehicles must either: (1) be registered as a commercial vehicle within Washington D.C. and bear Washington DC license plates; (2) be registered in their home state with apportioned license plates; or (3) display a valid trip permit from the DC Department of Motor Vehicles.  A trip permit costs $50, lasts 6 days, and covers only one specific vehicle.

Compliance with this new law does not exempt a carrier from WMATC requirements, and possession of WMATC operating authority does not exempt a carrier from compliance with the new District of Columbia law.  For more information about the new D.C. charter bus requirements, contact the District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles at (202) 729-7083 or visit http://www.dmv.dc.gov/service/obtain-trip-permit.

Interstate Taxicab Fares