Lawmakers fight for full Metro funding
“It’s running the doggone business. Metro needs to be run like any other company.’’ Virginia Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne, explaining how the transit agency needs to deliver a high-quality product to customers on a daily basis
The Washington region’s congressional delegation is continuing its fight for full funding for Metro after a House committee slashed the transit agency’s allocation by $50 million. But the battle appears to be an uphill one.
On Wednesday, Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.), acting on behalf of the delegation, offered an amendment to the Department of Transportation appropriations bill in which he sought to restore Metro’s $150 million allocation.
The effort was thwarted by a parliamentary move that resulted in it being ruled out of order.
The group had some success. The original budget plan released by the House Appropriations Committee would have given Metro only $75 million for the fiscal year that begins July 1.