DMV lawmakers ask for transit funds back
Members of Congress are ramping up their calls for Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to walk back the punitive measures she took against the District, Maryland and Virginia earlier this year, when she withheld federal grant money to hasten the creation of a new safety commission that would oversee Metro.
Their message: We want our withheld money back.
Chao announced in February that the Federal Transit Administration would temporarily withhold 5 percent of funding to the region because lawmakers had failed to enact a law officially approving a new agency to oversee safety at Metro.
The region’s leaders say they’ve made significant progress toward creating the safety commission, including submitting a “draft certification plan” to FTA to review, and are awaiting feedback from the federal agency.
When asked about progress on the Metro safety commission earlier in the week, an FTA spokeswoman said: “The funds will be withheld until the jurisdictions pass identical legislation and meet related requirements in order for FTA to certify a new State Safety Oversight Program for WMATA Metrorail.”
The region’s leaders say they’ve made significant progress toward creating [a transit] safety commission, including submitting a “draft certification plan” to FTA to review.