Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia have each committed $25 million to fund upgrades to the Metro transit system.
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and district Mayor Vincent Gray announced the funding commitment after they met Wednesday to discuss regional issues. The meeting was the first between the three executives since McAuliffe took office. All three are Democrats.
Metro CEO Richard Sarles says the money will help the system add capacity to reduce crowding. Metro plans to use the money to add more eight-car trains, add more buses to high-traffic corridors and design expansions of the busy Union Station and Gallery Place stations.