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Virginia General Assembly passes bill to provide $154 million annual funding for Metro

The Northern Virginia Chamber now urges the District of Columbia and Maryland to help meet the $500 million funding share that is needed to fix Metro. (ABC7)

A House and Senate bill was passed on Saturday by the Virginia General Assembly that will provide $154 million annually in funding from the state of Virginia for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

"This morning, the Virginia General Assembly passed historic legislation that will provide, for the first time, a dedicated funding source for Metro’s safety and reliability programs. On behalf of all Metro customers and employees, as well as the communities whose economic wellbeing depends on a safe, reliable Metro system, we are truly grateful," Metro GM/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld said in a statement.

According to the release, Senate Bill 856 and House Bill 1539 will provide "ongoing capital funding for WMATA and institute reforms that ensure the long-term sustainability of the system."

The Northern Virginia Chamber now urges the District of Columbia and Maryland to help meet the $500 million funding share that is needed to help fix Metro.

"$500 million in regional, dedicated, annual funding is the figure that every analysis has shown is a minimum requirement to return the Metro system to a state of good repair and improve its service and reliability. $154 million in annual, dedicated funding is Virginia’s share of $500 million per the existing Metro funding formula," a spokesperson for the Northern Virginia Chamber said in a statement.

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