September 19, 2019

Van Hollen Secures $150 million for WMATA in Senate Appropriations Bill

Legislation Includes Statement in Support of WMATA’s Importance to the National Capital Region

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) announced that he has secured $150 million for Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) capital funding, as part of the Senate Appropriations Committee’s FY 2020 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies funding bill. The legislation also includes clear instructions that the U.S. Secretary of Transportation must ensure that Metro is placing the highest priority on funding projects that will improve the safety of the system and a statement of support of WMATA’s importance to the National Capital Region. As Senator Van Hollen continues to work on long-term legislation to renew the federal funding commitment to Metro, provide critical safety reforms, and strengthen oversight, this bill underscores the federal commitment to WMATA. 

“Metro is central to the success of our region and to the federal government – as countless federal workers, contractors, and members of the military ride it every single day,” said Senator Van Hollen, a member of the Appropriations Committee. “As we continue to push for a long-term funding agreement for WMATA, this investment underscores Congress’ bipartisan commitment to the system. We will keep fighting to ensure safe and dependable public transportation throughout the National Capital Region.”