KBRA Assigns AA Rating to Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (DC) Second Lien Dedicated Revenue Bonds, Series 2023A; Affirms AA+ Rating for Senior Lien Bonds; Outlook is Stable

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#KBRA–KBRA assigns a long-term rating of AA to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Second Lien Dedicated Revenue Bonds, Series 2023A (Sustainability Bonds – Climate Bond Certified). KBRA additionally affirms the longterm rating of AA+ for the Authority’s senior lien Dedicated Revenue Bonds outstanding. The rating Outlook is Stable.

Key Credit Considerations

The rating actions reflect the following key credit considerations:

Credit Positives

  • The signatory jurisdictions have an uninterrupted 47-year history of payment of their annual commitments.
  • Strong credit characteristics of signatory jurisdictions supports appropriation funding mechanism.
  • Essentiality of mass transit to metropolitan Washington D.C. area and established history of operating and capital support by these jurisdictions.
  • Substantial coverage of debt service requirements.

Credit Challenges

  • Dedicated revenue sources may be adversely affected by economic cycles and exogenous events.
  • Signatories are allowed to proportionally reduce their dedicated capital funding contribution if another does not pay the full amount of their obligations.

Rating Sensitivities

For Upgrade

  • Improved credit position of signatory jurisdictions.

For Downgrade

  • Weakened credit position of one or more of the signatories.
  • Failure of one or more signatories to make its committed appropriation in full.

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Public Finance: U.S. State Annual Appropriation Obligation Rating Methodology

ESG Global Rating Methodology


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