Metro could lose millions in federal support

Metrorail at Forest Glen  (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

Metro officials could see a $25 million drop in federal support — if proposed legislation released this week by the Republican-controlled House Appropriations Committee wins approval.

The measure outlines 2014 funding for the Department of Transportation, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and other agencies. Under the measure, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority would receive $125 million in funding to pay for system improvements. Previously, the transit agency received $150 million in funding for capital projects. Metro officials say the money funds projects that improve system safety and reliability.

“Clearly, we hope that the final legislation that comes out of Congress will provide $150 million in funding for next year,” said Metro spokeswoman Caroline Lukas in an e-mail.

The text of the bill is available here. The language related to Metro funding is on page 50.

Lori Aratani writes about how people live, work and play in the D.C. region for The Post’s Transportation and Development team.

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