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Little consensus on Metro funding from regional leaders

Oct 12, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) — The governors of Maryland and Virginia and the mayor of Washington found little consensus on how to fund the struggling Metro subway system at a regional meeting to discuss economic development.

Democratic District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser said Wednesday that Metro needs a dedicated funding source, likely a regional sales tax. But Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan wouldn't commit to that plan. McAuliffe says Metro must show it has improved safety and reliability before it gets more money. Hogan says Maryland is spending "as much as we'd like to spend" until the system improves.

The nation's second-busiest transit system has experienced declining ridership amid ongoing safety and reliability issues and is undergoing a 9-month maintenance blitz that's closed sections of track.