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Members of Maryland Delegation Meet with WMATA CEO and General Manager Richard Sarles
WASHINGTON – Members of the Maryland Delegation met today with Richard Sarles, the CEO and General Manager of Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), to discuss WMATA’s strategic plan. The plan calls for $26 billion in capital investment by 2040 in the WMATA system, and outlines projects that focus on improving rider safety, increasing system capacity and allowing the system to meet projected growth for the Washington Metro region.
Participating in today’s meeting were Representatives John Sarbanes (D-Md.), Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), and Donna F. Edwards (D-Md.).
“Extending Metro’s service and strengthening its infrastructure will help keep our state’s economy on the move, while also getting cars off the road and decreasing traffic congestion throughout the region,” said Congressman John Sarbanes. “I look forward to working with WMATA to upgrade our most comprehensive mass-transit system and give Marylanders a more reliable and environmentally friendly transportation option.”
“With over one million passengers a day, WMATA serves a significant role in our state and region,” stated Congressman Hoyer. “Our federal government, local businesses, residents, commuters, and visitors all depend on a strong Metro, and it’s important that we make the necessary investments to ensure safe and reliable transit for all riders. I thank Richard Sarles for joining us today to discuss WMATA’s strategic planning, and will continue coordinating with the Maryland delegation on these efforts to improve transit services for our constituents.”
“I appreciate the opportunity to discuss the future of Metro with Mr. Sarles today. Our region is expected to grow by 30 percent in the next 30 years, and our transit system must be ready to accommodate that increased demand,” said Congressman Van Hollen. “I look forward to continuing to work with Metro, the regional Congressional delegation, and local jurisdictions to secure the necessary investments to improve the system and make it safe and reliable for years to come.”
“Residents from the Fourth Congressional District rely every day on the public transit provided by the 12 metro stations in our district,” said Congresswoman Donna Edwards. “I am grateful Mr. Sarles took the time to discuss WMATA’s strategic plan. We must make the investments necessary to ensure safe and reliable service, accommodate a growing ridership, and establish long-term priorities, including the development of the Purple Line. I look forward to working with WMATA, the Maryland Delegation, and the rest of my colleagues in Congress to further improve our transit system.”
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