Virginia Governor Ralph Northam today signed Virginia’s landmark $154 million Metro funding bill, ensuring a dedicated funding stream for the Metro system in Virginia, Maryland and D.C.
“Today I signed a bill to safeguard the Washington Metro system’s future by enacting reforms and providing it with a dedicated source of revenue for the first time in its history. Metro is essential to our economic future and this bill will make it work better for all of us,” Northam said in a Tweet.
The action was well-received by transportation activists.
“Today, Governor Ralph Northam signed Virginia’s legislation for dedicated funding for Metro, which was first passed in March by the Virginia General Assembly,” said the MetroNow Coalition in a news release. “We’re proud of and grateful to Governor Northam and the Virginia General Assembly, as well as our elected leaders in DC and Maryland, for their leadership on dedicated funding.”
All three WMATA jurisdictions have now passed and signed funding legislation, a total of $500 million in annual dedicated funding from the region.
“This is nothing short of a major, historic victory for our region. For the first time in its history, our Metro system will have a stable,
dedicated funding stream — a necessary step in getting it back to being the transit system our region needs and deserves,” the MetroNow group said.
virginia While we pause to celebrate this victory in Virginia today, the MetroNow Coalition calls for more than
funding reform in 2018, recognizing that Metro needs governance reform to deliver greater
accountability to riders. MetroNow looks forward to continuing to work with regional leaders to deliver
solutions on governance and accountability to get Metro back to being the region’s safe, reliable and
attractive transportation option.”