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Maryland bill to give extra $178M to MTA heads to governor

April 6, 2018

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland General Assembly has approved a bill that will give an extra $178 million to the state agency that operates the subway in Baltimore.

The House of Delegates passed the bill Thursday night and it now heads to Gov. Larry Hogan. He has said he would sign it. The Baltimore Sun reports the bill also requires the state to award a $167 million annual grant to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, if Virginia and the District of Columbia match the funds.

The bill initially only called for new funding for the Washington Metro. But the monthlong shutdown of Baltimore’s Metro prompted area lawmakers to include funding for the Maryland Transit Administration. The Maryland Transit Administration will get the funding over three years starting in mid-2019.

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This story has been corrected to reflect that the District of Columbia, not Delaware, is the jurisdiction that would be required to match dedicated funding for Washington’s Metro system.

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Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com

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