Adam Tuss, wtop.com
HYATTSVILLE, Md. – Indecision on Capitol Hill is leading to safety concerns for Metro.
Maryland Democratic Senator Ben Cardin headlined a news conference at a Metro facility in Hyattsville Tuesday, saying that if Congress does not pass a long term transportation bill — which would provide federal funding for highway and public transit programs — key maintenance projects on Metro will be put on hold.
Ultimately, Cardin said safety risks could increase.
“These projects can affect safety – there’s no question about that,” he told reporters.
However, he did say he believes Metro is making progress in the area of safety and that the system is “much safer today” compared to a few years ago.
Cardin is pushing the House of Representatives to pass the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) surface transportation bill. It’s a two year bill that he says would allow Metro to keep its eye on maintenance and safety, while at the same time upgrading railcars, tracks and buses.
The Senate passed “MAP-21″ by a vote of 74-22 in March.
According to Cardin, the bill will allow Metro to move forward with 140 major capital projects.
These projects include:
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