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WMATA lists ways it could use stimulus funds


Yesterday, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) outlined $230 million worth of ready-to-go projects it could complete with economic stimulus funds.

Signed into law earlier this week, the American Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (H.R. 1/S. 1) includes $8.4 billion for transit projects. WMATA could use a portion of the funds to replace platforms, install emergency tunnel evacuation carts, implement SmarTrip capabilities at more fare vending machines, rehabilitate track, build a rail-car inspection and test facility, update train arrival signs on platforms and mezzanines, and replace the Metro Center Customer Sales facility, the agency said.

WMATA officials submitted the project list to the National Capital Regional Transportation Planning Board so it could be included in the region's six-year transportation improvement program.

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