STATEMENT: Coalition for Smarter Growth on new commitments to long-term Metro funding

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Contact: Stewart Schwartz, 703-599-6437 (cell)
Coalition for Smarter Growth statement on new DC, Maryland, Virginia commitment to long-term Metro funding 
WASHINGTON, DC — Coalition for Smarter Growth Executive Director Stewart Schwartz issued the following statement today applauding DC Mayor Vincent Gray, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe for their announcement today committing $75 million toward Metro’s Momentum plan to significantly improve the Metro system in the coming decades:

“The Coalition for Smarter Growth commends the Governors and Mayor for committing an initial $75 million to Metro’s Momentum – funding which will buy more rail cars to support more 8-car trains. While we would have liked to have seen more funding this year, we are pleased to hear of verbal commitments to draft and sign a multiyear agreement to fully fund Momentum. We urge completion of an agreement as soon as possible.”

About the Coalition for Smarter Growth 
The Coalition for Smarter Growth is the leading organization in the Washington D.C. region dedicated to making the case for smart growth. Its mission is to promote walkable, inclusive, and transit-oriented communities, and the land use and transportation policies needed to make those communities flourish. To learn more, visit the Coalition’s website at