Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Steny Hoyer, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.), to announce $11,040,000 in federal grantmaking for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) for Metrobus system improvements.
Funding comes from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program. As part of nearly $14 million in statewide investments, this federal funding will support farebox equipment upgrades with modern technologies throughout the entire fleet. According to WMATA, this technology upgrade will help protect operational reliability while also enabling the introduction of new buses.
“Maintaining a safe and reliable, multi-modal public transit system for the National Capital Region is a critical Maryland priority,” said the lawmakers. “Buses connect commuters and visitors with other transit hubs and often are the most affordable method for students to get to school, for employees to get to work and for residents to access essential community services. These significant resources will go a long way toward improving the quality of life for thousands of Marylanders.”
Team Maryland has continuously supported the federal commitment for WMATA.