Long, Snowy Winter Comes With Big Transportation Price Tag | NBC4 Washington

Long, Snowy Winter Comes With Big Transportation Price Tag

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    (Published Monday, March 17, 2014)

    This long winter comes with a big price tag for transportation officials. From Metro to the airports to the roads this has been a very costly winter.

    The Virginia Department of Transportation budgeted $63 million for snow removal in northern Virginia this winter. After Monday’s storm, they will have spent about $185 million. That means some maintenance may have to be put off and new equipment can't be purchased.

    Metro has lost millions because riders don't show up on snow days. It costs the transit agency about $2 million every time the federal government shuts down, and there have been five such snow days this year.

    At the airports, the estimates are that this winter of flights delays and cancellations has cost airlines and passengers almost $6 billion.

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