Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation today announced $876 million in federal funding for the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA), including $41.1 million for local transit providers in Montgomery and Prince George’s County.
Funding comes from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
“Metro is an essential service, central to the success of our region and a safe reopening,” the Members said. “While ridership and revenues have decreased during the COVID-19 pandemic, we must ensure that our national transit system – and the employees who keep it running – are able to weather this storm. From delivering essential workers to the front lines of this crisis, to allowing our federal employees and others to safely return to work after we reopen, we were proud to fight for these much-needed funds to support WMATA’s continued operations and the safety of its workers.”
Congressional Democrats fought to provide $25 billion through the CARES Act to help support transit agencies during the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding, awarded through the Federal Transit Administration, will help WMATA maintain a balanced budget while providing the resources necessary to safely scale up operations as the region implements a safe, gradual reopening. Funds will be used to acquire personal protective equipment for employees, purchase disinfectant and hygiene products, implement cleaning measures and help cover the cost of modified work schedules.