THE RE­GION

DMV law­mak­ers ask for tran­sit funds back

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER -

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.

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