Pro­posed Metro fix: An ex­tra $750 mil­lion

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER -

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.

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