It’s good to see that the major pending cuts to Metro services appear to have been addressed, at least for now. The Washington Post reported yesterday that Maryland chose not to defer its $56 million two-year payment to metro in exchange for better accountability.
“Interim General Manager Richard Sarles said that Maryland agreed to support Metro’s proposed $5 billion capital improvement program for 2011 to 2016 in return for the agency providing greater “transparency” on how it spends the funds.
The details are being negotiated, he said.
“They have assured me we will get the $28 million for this current fiscal year” and are “committed to” supporting the program, called Metro Matters, Sarles said during a meeting of The Washington Post’s editorial board. Maryland officials confirmed their position Thursday morning, he said.”