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Maryland bill to give money to MTA, WMATA heads to Hogan

Baltimore’s Metro Subway in 2000. (The Daily Record file)

Baltimore’s Metro Subway in 2000. (The Daily Record file)

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland General Assembly has approved a bill that will give an extra $178 million to the state agency that operates the subway in Baltimore.

The House of Delegates passed the bill Thursday night and it now heads to Gov. Larry Hogan. He has said he would sign it. The Baltimore Sun reports the bill also requires the state to award a $167 million annual grant to the Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority, if Virginia and Delaware match the funds.

The bill initially only called for new funding for the Washington Metro. But the monthlong shutdown of Baltimore’s Metro prompted area lawmakers to include funding for the Maryland Transit Administration. The Maryland Transit Administration will get the funding over three years starting mid-2019.