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Metro Funding and Beltway Closings

This Tom Davis bill is intriguing. As my colleague Lena Sun wrote in today's paper, the House of Representatives has agreed to give Metro $1.5 billion over 10 years if Virginia, D.C. and Maryland match that amount. Here's the story.

This would be a pretty clear boon to our Metro system, but a lot of lawmakers and policy types are decrying it as a government giveaway. The Heritage Foundation asks if it's the biggest earmark in history.

Obviously, this money would help our commutes. But is it hypocritical to take it and also decry Alaska's "Bridge to Nowhere" and other expensive earmarks? Or does the federal government have a special role in funding Metro because it carries so many of its workers?

In other news, watch out for repaving work on the Beltway in Maryland that is likely to cause delays. State Highway is going to resurface more than five miles of the outer loop between MD 193 (Greenbelt Road Overpass) and the Prince George's/Montgomery County line and seven miles of ramps at the Route 1 and Route 201 interchanges. There will be single-lane closures along the Beltway between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday through Friday, as well as between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m., Sunday through Saturday. Night time double lane closures may occur between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., Sunday through Saturday, state officials said. Check out the full release here.

By Washington Post Editors  |  July 18, 2006; 11:42 AM ET
Categories:  Commuting  
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