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Metro is depending on a funding agreement between Maryland, D.C. and Virginia to buy a new series of rail cars.
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Metro is depending on a funding agreement between Maryland, D.C. and Virginia to buy a new series of rail cars.

By David Schultz

This hastily-called meeting is unusual for the Metro Board. It will be held via conference call, because most of the Board Members can't attend in person.

The urgency here stems from a funding agreement between Metro's three member jurisdictions: Maryland, Virginia and D.C. If they don't agree today on how much money to contribute, Metro won't be able to purchase its new series of rail cars, a major safety upgrade.

Earlier this month, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell had threatened to withhold his state's portion of the funding if Metro didn't include representatives from Richmond on its Board.

McDonnell later indicated he wouldn't follow through on this threat. But this morning's meeting will determine if that is, in fact, the case.

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