Sequestration Cuts Could Delay Improvements at Metro Stations
Metro will likely see $8 million less in federal funding for capital projects, The Washington Post reports.
Improvements at Metro stations could be delayed because of a cut in federal funding for the transit system, The Washington Post reported.
The $8 million cut in federal dollars for capital projects is a result of sequestration, according to the report.
The cuts could also mean plans to upgrade Metro’s fare card system—which would allow Metro riders to pay for rides directly with a credit card—could be delayed or reduced in scope, The Post reported.
It wasn't clear which station improvement plans could be delayed, or whether escalator improvement projects were among them. Stations on the list for escalator improvements include Bethesda, Friendship Heights, College Park, Glenmont, Medical Center and Shady Grove.
A Metro spokesman didn’t respond immediately to a request for more information.
Patch broke the news last week that Metro is eyeing the Bethesda station for a pilot program to test future concepts, and improvements there could include upgrades to the station's lighting, signage, turnstiles and station manager kiosk. Bethesda leaders have pushed for years for improvements at the station.