Md. offers billions for Metro if others match it
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) upended the regional debate over Metro funding by proposing to raise $2 billion over four years in additional funding for Metro, with equal contributions from Maryland, Virginia, the District and the federal government.
Hogan’s proposal, made in a letter delivered to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) and D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D), narrowed their differences over funding and appeared to increase chances that the region could agree on a plan to save the agency.
McAuliffe said Hogan’s proposal falls short of a long-term fix for the transit agency’s financial difficulties, but he left open the possibility that the plan could serve as the basis for an interim solution.
He joined Bowser in faulting the plan because it does not provide for a new tax or other permanent, dedicated revenue source for Metro. Some politicians grumbled that Hogan made the proposal because he knew it was unlikely to be accepted, and a Metro board member said the federal government would balk.
Overall, however, top Metro officials and other regional leaders praised Hogan for taking an important first step toward reaching consensus, while they also warned that the plan falls short of a permanent solution.