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3/27/2009


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WMATA outlines plans for $202 million in stimulus funds



The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) board recently approved a revised list of 29 projects to be funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Now, the agency will sign off on nearly 100 contracts and purchases.

WMATA previously had anticipated receiving $230 million in stimulus funds, but now has $202 million available because some of the funds went to other regional transit agencies. The revised list calls for spending less than originally expected on emergency evacuation carts, and eliminates a rail-car inspection and test facility and energy-efficient station lighting. However, WMATA plans to apply for other federal grants for the station lighting.

Also on the stimulus project list: repairing crumbling platforms, rehabilitating the oldest stretch of track in the rail system, updating train arrival signs on platforms and mezzanines, purchasing heavy-duty track equipment and installing new financial system integration software to improve financial reporting.

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