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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SIGNS AGREEMENT TO PROVIDE WMATA WITH $325.6 MILLION

 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SIGNS AGREEMENT
 TO PROVIDE WMATA WITH $325.6 MILLION
 WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Department of Transportation has signed agreements totaling $325.6 million to begin construction of the last 13.5 miles of Washington's 103-mile Metrorail system, Transportation Deputy Secretary Arthur J. Rothkopf announced today.
 "The completion of the Metro system will bring mass transit to thousands of new riders and will support nearly 30,000 jobs, including 3,000 new jobs in the construction industry in the Washington metropolitan area," Rothkopf said.
 The deputy secretary said the department has signed two full funding grant agreements which will help the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) complete both the Franconia- Springfield and Glenmont extensions. The first grant under the agreements, $33.6 million from DOT's Federal Transit Administration, provides initial construction money for the Franconia-Springfield line in Virginia and the Glenmont extension in Maryland.
 Rothkopf called both extensions good examples of intermodalism. The Franconia-Springfield station will connect riders to the Virginia Railway Express commuter trains and with the HOV (high-occupancy vehicle) lanes on I-95 South. "Both extensions will connect Metrorail passengers with feeder transit buses and private automobiles using the park-and-ride facilities provided," he said.
 The National Capital Transportation Act, signed into law by President Bush on Nov. 15, 1990, authorizes an additional $974 million. Of that, $401.7 million is intended for the completion of the U Street to Fort Totten segment in the District, and $563 million for the Anacostia to Branch Avenue segment in Prince George's County.
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 /CONTACT: Richard Centner of the Federal Transit Administration, 202-366-4043/ CO: U.S. Department of Transportation; Washington Metropolitan Area
 Transit Authority; Federal Transit Administration ST: District of Columbia IN: TRN SU: EXE


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