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Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011 3:25 p.m.

Congress to allocate third $150 million installment for Metro

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton prepares to speak to local students about D.C. voting rights last September. File photo

Congress is expected to dole out the next portion of a 10-year $1.5 billion funding plan for Metro, D.C.’s delegate in the House of Representatives announced Tuesday.

The $150 million installment geared toward supporting improvements to the rail system is expected to pass through the House and Senate this week, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton said.

“This third installment of funds for Metro improvements is a tremendous victory for our city and the region during this time of deep budget cuts, when every dollar is in doubt,” she said. “Because the safety of our residents must never be compromised, these funds are indispensable.”

Norton sits on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. She said the funding is key to ensuring Metro safety and provides extra assistance, especially during harsh weather.

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