Law­mak­ers add hitch to Metro safety ef­forts

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - — Robert McCartney

Vir­ginia House Repub­li­cans placed a road­block in the path to cre­at­ing a new Metro over­sight body Thurs­day, but both GOP and Demo­cratic lead­ers said there is time to re­verse the move.

A House Trans­porta­tion sub­com­mit­tee voted along party lines for an amend­ment that would re­quire Metro to weaken union pro­tec­tions and fix its pen­sion deficit be­fore the Metro Safety Com­mis­sion is formed.

If sus­tained, the amend­ment would prob­a­bly de­rail a lengthy ef­fort in Vir­ginia, Mary­land and the Dis­trict — which must all ap­prove iden­ti­cal leg­is­la­tion — to es­tab­lish the fed­er­ally man­dated com­mis­sion or risk los­ing mil­lions of dol­lars in fed­eral tran­sit aid.

The amend­ment’s spon­sor, Del. J. Ran­dall Minchew (RLoudoun), said the change is nec­es­sary to rein in Metro’s la­bor costs. Other­wise, he said, new in­vest­ments or­dered by the com­mis­sion would add to Metro’s ex­penses and lead to a tax in­crease.

“The Metro Safety Com­mis­sion is a good idea, but this is the har­bin­ger of a tax in­crease, make no mis­take about it,” Minchew said.

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