Metro Compiles To-Do List for Stimulus Funds

WASHINGTON -- Metro's ready to make use of federal stimulus money ASAP.

Transit system officials presented a list of projects to regional transportation leaders Wednesday. They are expecting to receive $230 million from the federal economic stimulus package, which they'll use to fund several projects, officials said.

The projects include replacing old buses and platforms, installing energy efficient lighting at stations and building a railcar inspection and test facility.

The agency could hear from the Federal Transit Administration next week about whether they will receive the funds, Metro officials said.

The stimulus money would not cover operating costs that make up Metro's $154 million budget gap. Officials plan to meet Thursday to discuss budget issues.

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