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Metro unveils new transit vehicles

5 p.m. Update: Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) was also among the local officials who attended the unveiling.

Original post: Metro is unveiling new buses and MetroAccess vehicles Monday afternoon as part of an event showcasing how the transit agency is using federal stimulus dollars.

According to a statement, Metro is receiving $202 million from the federal government, with $52 million being used to buy 48 new hybrid buses and 80 new vehicles for its transit service for the disabled, along with the construction of a new bus garage.

The event is being held at Metro's Carmen Turner Facility, near the New Carrollton Metro Station. Along with Metro's senior management, others who are expected to attend include Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood; Congresswomen Donna Edwards (D-Md.) and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.); Peter Rogoff, administrator of the Federal Transit Administration; Beverley Swaim-Staley, secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation; Gabe Klein, director of the District Department of Transportation; and Sean Connaughton, Virginia's secretary of transportation.

The Post's Ann Scott Tyson is at the scene and will have more details later today.

By Michael Bolden  | September 13, 2010; 4:41 PM ET
Categories:  Metro, MetroAccess, Metrobus  
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Big deal. More buses, and 80 more taxi-cabs to help disabled get free cab rides all over the place (oh, i mean $2.50 cab rides) (Oh, I mean sexually assaulted cab rides).

How are those 8 car trains coming? Only been what, 5 years since you "rolled them out". Ahh well, a hullaballo about spending stimulus money.

Farce = Metro.

Posted by: Greent | September 13, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Eleanor Norton Holmes needs to focus on getting DC voting rights in Congress. DC has more U.S. citizens than Wyoming!! Glad she has time to waste at events like this, and her resolution to declare national dance day. Maybe her schedule is just too busy to focus on voting rights for DC. Fail.

Posted by: NCL22 | September 13, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

How does this help metro (remember thats what its primary duty it, a metro train), what a waste. I am happy I gave up on metro a month a go after being a rider for many years.

Posted by: WhatBubble | September 13, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

New Flyer gets 40% of its components from Canadian factories employing Canadian workers. Has the US government secretly annexed Canada? Last time I checked, Canada was not yet the 51st state. There are US companies making electric buses from US-sourced and manufactured components. You'd think Metro would at least be nice enough to spend Federal money at home, since it's US taxpayer money to begin with. Very disappointing.

Posted by: waldemar888 | September 14, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

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