House Advances Metro Accountability and Investment Act
Washington, July 1, 2021
Today, the House of Representatives advanced the Metro Accountability and Investment Act, legislation authored by Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) that would reauthorize the Passenger Rail Investment Improvement Act (PRIIA) Funding, adopt Metro reforms, and support Inspector General autonomy. The legislation was included in the INVEST Act, and is cosponsored by Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD), and Representatives Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), John Sarbanes (D-MD), Don Beyer (D-VA), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Anthony Brown (D-MD), Jennifer Wexton (D-VA), and David Trone (D-MD).
“WMATA, like transit agencies across the country, is facing a crisis. As we recover from the pandemic, we need a long-term strategy that ensures Metro is here for future generations. I thank Chairman DeFazio for his leadership and for including the Metro Accountability and Investment Act in today’s transportation package. But our work isn’t done. Now that we finally have a President in the White House who knows the value of transit, and understands the federal government must be a partner in supporting Metro, we have to get this over the finish line,” said Connolly.
The Metro Accountability and Investment Act would reauthorize PRIAA funding for ten years and provide additional federal funding, contingent on safety and oversight reforms, including strengthening the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). The legislation also protects important Code of Ethics reforms adopted in April 2019 for the WMATA Board of Directors.
Under the Metro Accountability and Investment Act, WMATA would receive the following annual federal funding allocations:
The funding is contingent on the WMATA Board adopting and keeping certain resolutions in effect for the entire funding period. These resolutions would:
Text of the Metro Accountability and Investment Act is available here.