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General Assembly Passes Metro Funding Bill

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GENERAL ASSEMBLY PASSES METRO FUNDING BILL

RICHMOND, Va.: Today, the General Assembly passed two identical bipartisan bills, HB 1539 and SB 856, on which Delegate Richard C. “Rip” Sullivan (D-McLean) was a conferee. Sullivan proposed the original House bill to fund Metro, HB 1319, which became part of HB 1539. The bills fund Metro at $154 million, Virginia’s proportional share of the amount necessary to reach $500 million between Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., instead of the $105 million originally proposed by Republicans.

"The Metro system is a statewide asset crucial to the Commonwealth's growing economy," said Sullivan. "By providing a dedicated funding stream of $154 million per year for Metro, we have led the way, and challenge our partners, Washington, D.C. and Maryland, to do their part to make this economically critical system sustainable.”

“Failure here was not an option, and as a conferee on these important bills, I am pleased that we were able to reach a bipartisan agreement on this much-needed solution."

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Delegate Rip Sullivan represents Virginia's 48th House of Delegates District, which is composed of parts of Arlington and McLean.