MetroNow Coalition Encouraged by Today’s Progress on Metro Funding and Reform Legislation in the Virginia General Assembly

Thursday , February 8 2018

Clare Flannery
MDB Communications

Richmond, VA –  Following action on bills SB856 and HB1539 (which incorporates HB1319) today in the Virginia General Assembly, the MetroNow coalition issued the following statement:

MetroNow is grateful to Chairman Hugo, Speaker Cox, and members of the House Majority Leadership for committing to address long-term dedicated Metro funding and reform during this General Assembly session. We are encouraged by the progress that has been made to secure long-term dedicated funding for Metro in Virginia, as well as in Maryland and the District. The coalition remains in strong support of the regional commitment of $500 million in new long-term, dedicated, and bondable funding for WMATA allocated under the existing formula with $154 million from Virginia, $167 million from Maryland, and $178 million from the District of Columbia. We urge leaders in each jurisdiction to meet those key benchmarks this legislative session to ensure Metro is safe, reliable, and sustainable for years to come.

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About the MetroNow Coalition

The MetroNow Coalition is a group of regional leaders from organizations representing businesses and non-profit advocates who have come to together to ensure that action is taken to put Metro—the backbone of Greater Washington’s transportation infrastructure—on a safe, smart and

sustainable path forward in 2018 and beyond. We are dedicated to securing comprehensive improvement of Metro’s governance, funding and operational structures in 2018. Visit for more information.