FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 18, 2018
CONTACT: Elaine Gilligan
Northern Virginia Chamber
Northern Virginia Chamber Applauds Governor Northam For Signing Historic Metro Funding Legislation
Tysons Corner, Va. – Today, Governor Ralph Northam signed Senate Bill 856 and House Bill 1539, bills that provide $154 million in dedicated, ongoing capital funding for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), and institute reforms that support the long-term sustainability of the system. The bills provide Virginia’s share of the $500 million in the annual, dedicated funding needed to bring the Metro system to a state of good repair.
Establishing a dedicated funding source for WMATA has been the number one priority of the Northern Virginia Chamber and the broader business community in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. During this 2018 General Assembly session, the Northern Virginia Chamber served as the Virginia lead in the MetroNow Coalition.
“Development along the Metro corridor is transforming the Northern Virginia region for the better and driving economic growth and opportunity for the Commonwealth,” said Harry Klaff, Managing Director, JLL, and Chair of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. “The Northern Virginia business community is grateful to Governor Northam for his longstanding commitment to securing this historic funding package, and we thank him for signing these bills.”
“The business community thanks the Northam Administration and the General Assembly for making Metro’s future a top priority,” said Michael Forehand, Senior Vice President of Government and Public Affairs, Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce. “Metro is a core statewide asset that is vital to Virginia’s economic future. The General Assembly and the Northam Administration have been tremendous partners throughout this process.”
“Now that Virginia has met its commitment to Metro, we must remain vigilant in working to ensure that Northern Virginia and the Capital Region have a world-class infrastructure system with the ongoing level of funding necessary to make continuous improvements that support our long term economic growth,” added Harry Klaff, Chair of the Northern Virginia Chamber.
About the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce: The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce (Northern Virginia Chamber), formerly the Fairfax Chamber, The Voice of Business in Northern Virginia™, represents local employers with more than 500,000 regional employees. The Northern Virginia Chamber is the leader in advancing innovative solutions to the region’s priorities in transportation, education, workforce, and economic opportunity. For 90-plus years, the Northern Virginia Chamber has been working hand-in-hand with companies in the region to build a strong business community. To learn more about the Northern Virginia Chamber, please visit http://www.novachamber.org and follow the Northern Virginia Chamber on Twitter: @NOVAChamber