More Funding For Metro Unlikely, Says Federal Appointee | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

More Funding For Metro Unlikely, Says Federal Appointee

Play associated audio
With Metro's multimillion dollar budget deficit, there are calls for more money than the $150 million the Obama administration recently allocated for Metro's infrastructure.
David Schultz
With Metro's multimillion dollar budget deficit, there are calls for more money than the $150 million the Obama administration recently allocated for Metro's infrastructure.

By David Schultz

The Obama administration recently allocated $150 million dollars to Metro for infrastructure improvements. But with Metro's massive budget deficit and a high-profile string of accidents, including yesterday's red line derailment, there have been calls for more.

Mortimer Downey, Metro's newest Board Member, doesn't see it happening. "Not terribly likely," is how he describes the chances of increased federal funding for Metro.

The Obama administration appointed Downey to the Metro Board last month as part of an increase in federal transit oversight. Downey says before Metro receives more federal funding, it needs to right its ship.

"I think Metro has to get the ship on the right course and assure that the crew is all rowing in the same direction before we talk about funding," he says.

Downey also says there will be more federal appointments to Metro's Board of Directors in the near future.

NPR

Snubs And Successes: 6 Lessons Learned From This Year's Emmy Nominations

HBO's Game of Thrones emerged as the most-nominated series with 19 nods for the Primetime Emmy Awards, but new series such as FX's Fargo and HBO's True Detective scored, too.
NPR

'Captain Pizza' Saves The Day, But Doesn't Save Himself A Slice

A pilot found himself hungry during a midflight delay. But instead of just buying a pizza for himself, he bought 50 pizzas for the entire Frontier Airlines plane.
NPR

In Texas, Obama Sets Stage To Answer 'Do-Nothing' Congress

President Obama knows he's unlikely to get support from Texas' predominantly Republican congressional delegation, but being rebuffed will make it easier for him to shift blame to the GOP.
NPR

A New Device Lets You Track Your Preschooler ... And Listen In

LG's KizON wristband lets you keep tabs on your child. But some experts say such devices send the wrong message about the world we live in. And the gadgets raise questions about kids' privacy rights.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.