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Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Selects Decision Lens for Capital Planning

June 22, 2009

Innovative Decision Making Software Steers Project Investments

Arlington, Virginia — The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is utilizing Decision Lens desktop and Web-based software solutions to better prioritize projects within its multi-billion dollar capital budget.

WMATA faces the challenge of having limited resources to address the hundreds of capital project requests each year. This solution allows WMATA to make crucial trade-offs, using the intelligence of its decision makers, and to allocate the available financial resources to yield the greatest return to its customers across Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

WMATA capital projects include bus and rail vehicle purchases, rail stations and transit centers, maintenance facilities, technology infrastructure, planning studies and other enhancements to improve service quality, working conditions, and the customer experience. WMATA is also focused on deploying resources from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Stimulus) of 2009.

"Knowing that the stimulus was coming down the pike, we quickly identified [pending] projects that could be implemented within the potential requirements," said Patricia Hendren in a recent article about Decision Lens in Washington Technology Magazine. Hendren is the manager of capital and strategic planning at WMATA.

Decision Lens has developed a unique solution to help government, businesses and other leading organizations to make critical decisions on crucial issues using the intelligence of key players, vital data and other relevant factors. The system is available in a desktop version and as a secure online edition, which enables key-decision makers anywhere in the world to participate in real-time.

Decision Lens software is used by states such as Pennsylvania, Maryland, and North Carolina, and the Federal government including organizations such as the Joint Staff, Department of Agriculture, Navy, Air Force, General Services Administration and the Intelligence Community. Within the commercial market, Decision Lens has numerous well-known clients including Amtrak, Johnson and Johnson, and eBay among other organizations.

About Decision Lens 

Decision Lens Inc. provides easy-to-use software solutions to take the guesswork out of mission-critical enterprise planning, financial, IT and performance-related decisions.

Powerful desktop and Web-based applications enable Decision Lens clients to save billions of dollars, aligning their strategic operational goals and priorities with the best possible investments in people, projects, products and suppliers.

Sophisticated mathematical analysis, superior reporting and world-class performance visualization capabilities allow Decisions Lens users to instantly understand the potential ramifications of changing business scenarios. For more information, contact Decision Lens at 703-399-2100 or www.decisionlens.com.

About WMATA 

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) was created by an interstate compact in 1967 to plan, develop, build, finance, and operate a balanced regional transportation system in the national capital area. The Authority began building its rail system in 1969, acquired four regional bus systems in 1973, and began operating the first phase of Metrorail in 1976. Today, Metrorail serves 86 stations and has 106 miles of track. Metrobus serves the nation's capital 24 hours a day, seven days a week with 1,500 buses. Metrorail and Metrobus serve a population of 3.4 million within a 1,500-square mile jurisdiction. Metro began its paratransit service, MetroAccess, in 1994; it provides about 1.5 million trips per year.