Metro officials acknowlege Virginia committed funds, but say the timing is uncertain
Virginia Transportation Secretary Sean Connaughton told Metro Chief of Staff Shiva Pant that he was "considering an agreement" that would have the state pay its $500 million commitment to Metro over 10 years.
Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein acknowledged the development late Thursday, reports The Post's Ann Scott Tyson, but Farbstein said the timing remained unclear. Pant passed that message along to the board members Thursday morning, she said.
That didn't stop Metro Interim General Manager Richard Sarles from warning Virginia that if it did not act within 24 hours to renew its pledge to provide $500 million to match federal funding for Metro over the next 10 years, it would jeopardize the contract to purchase new Metro rail cars.
Connaughton visited Metro headquarters Thursday to explain to Virginia's Metro Board representatives that he would commit to the funding even if it does not receive the seats on the Metro board that he and Gov. Bob McDonnell want, provided there would be dialogue with the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission about the seats, Farbstein said.
Farbstein said the Federal Transit Administration has raised a concern about Virginia's commitment to match the federal funds for the next 10 years based on reported comments from Virginia officials. "We have not seen anything from Virginia to satisfy FTA concerns,'' she said.
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June 25, 2010; 12:05 PM ET
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