ARLINGTON, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — The first meeting between the governors of Maryland and Virginia and the mayor of the District of Columbia resulted in big news for Metro riders.
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray announced Wednesday that each jurisdiction is contributing $25 million to WMATA to begin the process of adding more Metrorail trains.
WMATA is planning a 12-year, $3 billion upgrade project aimed at adding more rail cars, which includes transitioning from six-car trains to eight-car trains and completing infrastructure improvements.
“We have issues because the rail cars are so full today. We need these eight-car trains,” McAuliffe said.
Metro general manager Richard Sarles said the $75 million commitment serves as a “down payment” for the upgrade project.
“This allows us to move forward with the infrastructure improvements needed to go to eight-car trains,” Sarles said. “Seventy-five million dollars. I’m just elated by that.”
The meeting in Arlington was the first for the three Demoract executives since McAuliffe took office in Virginia.
They say they plan to have three joint meetings each year to discuss capital region issues.
“We’re stronger when we’re working together,” McAuliffe said.
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