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

Long, Snowy Winter Comes With Big Transportation Price Tag



    Winter Weather Transportation Costs Adding Up

    You're not the only one tired of the long winter. News4 Transportation Reporter Adam Tuss has a look at the hefty price tag local transit, airport and road officials are looking at thanks to all of the snow. (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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