COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

HOUSE OF DELEGATES
RICHMOND TIM HUGO SCOTT A. SUROVELL
POST OFFICE BOX 289 MOUNT VERNON, VIRGINIA 22121 FORTY-FOURTH DISTRICT COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS: CITIES, COUNTIES AND TOWNS SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

February 25, 2011

*****FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*****
Contact: Christopher Bea, Legislative Assistant DelSSurovell@house.virginia.gov Mobile 571.643.9785

Monday, Delegate Scott Surovell continued his call for restoration of $150 million in federal funds for the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (“WMATA”). Surovell and 24 of 27 legislators in Fairfax County, Arlington County and the City of Alexandria wrote to Virginia’s Congressional Delegation calling on Congress to honor the 2008 agreement between the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and the Federal government on Metro funding. “Adequate support for infrastructure shouldn’t be a partisan issue,” said Surovell. “The original agreement was brokered by former Congressman Tom Davis and Congressman Jim Moran. This issue has bipartisan support.” Surovell was joined by 22 Democratic legislators and 2 Republicans in calling on Congress for the restoration of funding. “This isn’t purely a Northern Virginia issue,” noted Surovell. “Northern Virginia is the economic powerhouse of the Commonwealth and Metro is a major part of that economic strength. The rest of the state depends on an economically strong Northern Virginia.” Last week, Congressman Gerry Connolly proposed legislation in Washington which would have restored $150 million in federal safety and infrastructure improvement funding for Metro. The legislation was ruled out of order by Republican House leadership. “Metro serves nearly a million riders every weekday,” said Surovell. “44% of them are Federal workers- it is in the Federal Government’s best interests to fund the system that transports its workers.” Surovell further noted that Metros infrastructure has long been neglected, recalling numerous accidents on the system. “It is ridiculous to defund a system and expect to work properly,” remarked Surovell. “We need a united front in advocating for this change. I hope Governor McDonnell will join Congressman Connolly, my colleagues in the Virginia House and Senate and I in pushing for federal responsibility and funding on transportation issues.”

DISTRICT: (571) 249-4484 • RICHMOND: (804) 698-1044 • EMAIL: DELSSUROVELL@house.virginia.gov

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