Md. passes bill for dedicated Metro funding

WASHINGTON — The Maryland legislature has passed a bill creating a dedicated stream of money for Metro.

The bill to provide $167 million a year is heading to Gov. Larry Hogan’s desk; he is expected to sign it.

D.C. plans to kick in $178 million a year as their share of Metro’s push for additional funding.

In Virginia, the proposal is still being tweaked. Virginia’s share of the dedicated funding formula is $154 million a year. The General Assembly passed a bill providing the money; Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is due to offer amendments in the next few days to how the state will pay for it.

A final vote in Virginia to confirm the funding sources is expected April 18.

Metro plans to use the money for long-deferred capital maintenance, upgrades and repairs.

The $500 million per year requested by Metro comes on top of existing contributions.

WTOP’s Max Smith contributed to this report.

Rick Massimo

Rick Massimo came to WTOP, and to Washington, in 2012 after having lived in Providence, R.I., since he was a child. He went to George Washington University as an undergraduate and is regularly surprised at the changes to the city since that faraway time.

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