Grassroots Activists Call for $1B in Annual Metro Funding & Have a Plan

Public Transit, Metro, Capital Investments, Operations, ATU

Grassroots Activists Call for $1B in Annual Metro Funding & Have a Plan

Sunday, May 7, 2017
Washington Post

Several faith- and community-based organizations say Metro needs $1 billion a year in dedicated funding, and they’ve come up with a proposal that includes a mix of sales, gas and property taxes that leaders say will beef up service levels and preserve jobs while addressing the system’s long-term needs.

Scores of grass-roots activists with the Metro Industrial Areas Foundation packed a downtown church Sunday to rally support and present the plan — a medley of investment and savings proposals without the labor concessions sought by Metro General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld and politicians...