Proposed Metro fix: An extra $750 million
Metro would receive an extra $750 million in federal funds over 10 years in exchange for changes in the transit system’s governance structure and labor contracts under legislation proposed by a Maryland congressman.
The legislation, put forward by Rep. John Delaney (D), is the first of two bills that representatives from around the region plan to submit in a bid to force the District, Maryland and Virginia to rewrite Metro’s compact, the document that outlines how the agency is governed and funded.
Rep. Barbara Comstock (RVa.) is drafting the other bill.
Delaney’s bill shrinks the Metro board to nine members from 16 to make it more efficient and requires members to have certain professional skills or experience.
It also requires that Metro make unspecified changes in its collective bargaining agreements that the new board would certify as necessary “to provide a high level of service, reliability and safety.”
Comstock’s bill, which will probably get a more sympathetic hearing in the GOP-controlled Congress, will not include extra federal money for Metro. She said governance and labor reforms must come first.
Her bill also will require bigger concessions from Metro’s labor unions than Delaney’s.