WASHINGTON -- Maryland will have to pick up an additional $145 million in costs for the final phase of the Washington Metro over the next eight years, under an arrangement reached yesterday with the White House.
The increase left state officials wondering whether they will have to rearrange other transportation projects or search for more tax dollars.
The Maryland and Virginia congressional delegations announced yesterday the compromise with the Bush administration that would require Maryland and other local governments to bear a greater share of 11 miles of Metro construction in their jurisdictions.
Three miles of that construction will be in Prince George's and Montgomery counties.
The measure would complete 11 of the final 14 miles of the 103-mile Metro. It would extend the Maryland portion three miles, on the Green Line from Anacostia in Washington to Naylor Road in Prince George's County and on the Red Line from Wheaton to Glenmont.
The new agreement would reduce the current federal share from 80 percent to 62.5 percent, raising the local share from 20 percent to 37.5 percent. Under the new formula, Maryland will have to pick up $310 million over the next eight years, as opposed to $165 million under the current formula.