The federal transportation bill hasn’t made much progress in the House, but U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Metro officials are pushing for it so the transit agency can do safety and maintenance work.

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Cardin’s office says the surface transportation bill will support 1.9 million jobs nationwide and a total of 30,000 jobs in Maryland and nearly 8,000 Metro rail and bus jobs.

The bill would help Metro move forward with 140 major capital projects, including work on safety and equipment upgrades to meet recommendations from the National Safety Transportation Board after the 2009 Red Line crash that killed nine people.

House Republicans have failed to extend federal transportation funding.

Federal transportation funding puts about $1 billion a week into the economy, with much of it focused on construction.

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