D.C. Council member and Metro Board chairman Jim Graham said he will introduce a bill next month that would align DC with Maryland and Virginia and move Metro closer to the dedicated funding the clunky system so desperately needs, the Washington Post reports. Previous DC legislation differed with the other states' versions.
Graham told WTOP that getting dedicated funding was his "highest priority"when he became board chairman.
About freaking time!
If all goes well, Metro would get for $1.5 billion from the federal government over ten years with matching monies from Maryland and Virginia.
"The earliest a District bill could be introduced is May 5, Graham said. He said he would introduce emergency legislation that could be voted on immediately. Doing so would "send the message that the ball is now in Congress's court and that of the president," he said."
Why a no brainer like this ever reached the "emergency" stage is beyond us, but at least it finally looks as if DC is trying to get its act together for the benefit of suffering Metro riders. And to think, we always thought the toughest sell would be Virginia.
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