Metro committee opts for shorter hours over threat of funding loss

The Federal Transit Administration delivered a stern warning to Metro’s governing body Thursday: Return to late-night hours and lose $1.6 billion in federal funding.

Reading an email from the FTA, Metro board member David Horner delivered the news to his colleagues during a Thursday meeting. It was enough to make a Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority board committee vote, 3-1, to stick with the shorter Metro hours, opting not to extend them to 3 a.m. That motion will go to a full vote in two weeks, but some suspect a veto might be in store despite the FTA’s threat.

“In brief, we are staring down the barrel of calamity for the system,” said Horner, a Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP partner and former FTA chief counsel who is representing the federal government on Metro’s board.

The FTA had originally said that if Metro returned to late-night hours, it would withhold less than $700 million in funding over safety concerns — FTA funding relies on required maintenance upkeep…

Read the full story from the Washington Business Journal.

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