Money for Metro advances in U.S. Senate

The Senate transportation and housing committee has passed an appropriations bill that would give Metro $150 million for safety.

This is the fourth installment of federal funds dedicated to help Metro improve its safety measures and comes three years after the deadly rail crash on the Red Line that killed nine people. Federal legislation passed in 2008 authorizes $1.5 billion in federal funds over 10 years to repair Metro’s aging and deteriorating system.

“I won’t stop fighting to reform America’s subway until it is safe for the people who work on it and those who ride on it,” said Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) in a statement. “Without this federal funding, Metro would lose matching funds from the local jurisdictions that will be used to make important, life-saving improvements.”

The bill’s passage by the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee means it will now be considered on the Senate floor. A date has not been set, according to Mikulski’s office.

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Dana Hedgpeth is a Post reporter, working the early morning, reporting on traffic, crime and other local issues.
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