Loudoun Chamber applauds VA Gen Assembly for approving $154 million in permanent funding for metro
March 12, 2018
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Loudoun Chamber applauds Virginia General Assembly for approving $154 million in permanent funding for Metro
Loudoun Chamber’s top priority for 2018 session will, when matched by Maryland and D.C., provide first dedicated funding source to ensure Metro’s safety and reliability
Leesburg, VA – Loudoun Chamber President Tony Howard today praised the Virginia General Assembly for reaching a compromise deal to provide the first dedicated source of funding for the Metro transit system serving our National Capital region.
With the Maryland General Assembly also advancing a Metro funding bill and the Washington, D.C. City Council expected to follow, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Administration (Metro) will receive its first ever dedicated sources of funding. Metro officials are promising to invest this funding into improvements that will improve the operational safety and reliability of its rail and bus system.
The Loudoun Chamber of Commerce – working within the Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership – has been aggressively lobbying the Virginia General Assembly to adopt a dedicated funding measure that will keep Metro running safely and on time.
“With this measure, the Virginia General Assembly has proven a willingness to work together and compromise, both across partisan lines and between the House and Senate, to make an investment in Northern Virginia’s economy and in our citizens quality of life. Our Senators and Delegates should be commended for their willingness to listen to Northern Virginia’s business and community leaders to provide this vital financial support for Metro,” Howard said.
Representing the major business groups representing the Dulles Corridor, the Northern Virginia Chamber Partnership helped marshal the Northern Virginia business community to push for these dedicated funds. The Partnership is comprised of the Loudoun, Dulles Regional, Greater Reston, McLean, Tysons and Mt. Vernon Lee chambers.
“We recognize that certain industries are being asked to shoulder an increased financial burden by this legislation, and that this measure does redirect existing transportation funds previously intended to fund road improvements. While we would have preferred that the Commonwealth invest more statewide funds into Metro, this compromise represents the very best hope of getting a funding measure approved in the 2018 session,” Howard added.
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