Lawmakers Want Feds To Restore Millions In Metro Funding; Call Missed Deadline ‘unreasonable’
Lawmakers want feds to restore millions in Metro funding; call missed deadline ‘unreasonable’
A Metro train departs the Reagan National Airport Station in this file photo. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
WASHINGTON — Area members of Congress from both parties are asking the feds to restore all or part of nearly $9 million in funding withheld from Metro after regional leaders missed a deadline to approve and set up a new safety commission.
In a June 30 letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, a bipartisan group of lawmakers called the Federal Transit Administration’s deadline “arbitrary,” “unreasonable” and “unrealistic” because it didn’t take into consideration the legislative calendars of the Virginia General Assembly or the …