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Metro Seeks Federal Aid After Costly Snow Storms

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By Rebecca Blatt

Metro says it is pursuing federal disaster aid to cover the cost of this month's snowstorms.

Metro estimates the back-to-back snowstorms cost the transit agency $18 million. That includes $8 million for snow removal efforts and close to $10 million in lost revenue. The storms forced Metro to limit rail service to underground stations. Metro is also losing money because some of its parking spaces are still covered in snow and ice.

Metro's Chief Financial Officer says the system is working with Virginia, Maryland and D.C. to submit costs to the federal government for possible reimbursement.

Meanwhile, D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton has sent a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency asking for aid on Metro's behalf.

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