WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, John Sarbanes, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced $120,145,016 in additional American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). Funding will help strengthen Metro train operations and rider safety, avoid service cuts and increase workforce retention.
“A safe and reliable Metro system is essential for Marylanders and the region,” the lawmakers said. “As we turn a page on COVID-19 and more Marylanders return to in-person work, our public transportation systems, including WMATA, must meet its daily demands. This funding will provide WMATA with the resources it needs to operate safely and efficiently for riders, and Team Maryland will continue to advocate for federal funding for the national capital’s transit system.”
This ARP Additional Assistance funding was made available through a discretionary process to eligible recipients or subrecipients of Urbanized Area Formula funds or Rural Area Formula funds in response to COVID-19. Find more information on the ARP allocation here.
The recently-enacted Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act also provides a reauthorization of dedicated, federal funding for WMATA through 2030.