Law­mak­ers fight for full Metro fund­ing

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - — Lori Aratani

“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.

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