The Federal Transit Administration will fund $3.6 million for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) announced Tuesday.
The investment is aimed to improve bus facilities, particularly replacing or fixing old or damaged bus shelters. The funding comes through the Bus and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Program, designed to replace, rehabilitate, and purchases buses and bus-related equipment, as well as build bus-related facilities and make technological changes, updates, or innovations to vehicles that produce low or no emissions. The funding was secured during the Fiscal Year 2018 Omnibus bill.
“WMATA serves thousands of Marylanders annually as they commute to and from work," said Senator Cardin. "It’s crucial that we insure a safe and reliable trip for all riders, and these investments will help do just that."
“This federal investment in WMATA represents a federal investment in Maryland’s commuter workforce, a growing number of whom depend on Metro to get to and from work,” said Senator Cardin. “These funds will help bring us one step closer to insuring that every commuter’s ride is safe, reliable and efficient."