The busiest subway stop at Metro Center was nearly empty during what would have been rush hours as patrons from Maryland and Virginia heeded stay-at-home orders issued by the governors of those states and the order for District of Columbia residents went in effect at midnight on Tuesday. (Anthony Tilghman/The Washington Informer)
**FILE** The busiest subway stop at Metro Center was nearly empty during what would have been rush hours as patrons from Maryland and Virginia heeded stay-at-home orders issued by the governors of those states and the order for District of Columbia residents went in effect at midnight on Tuesday. (Anthony Tilghman/The Washington Informer)

Metro will get $876 million in funds from the federal government amid the coronavirus pandemic, a group of Maryland Democratic lawmakers announced.

The lawmakers said Tuesday that the transit agency and its local partners will receive the funds from the Federal Transit Administration via the CARES Act signed into law by President Trump in March, WTOP reported.

Of the $876 million, $41.1 million will go to Prince George’s and Montgomery counties’ local transit providers, the delegation said in a press release.

The group — which included Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Reps. Steny Hoyer, John Sarbanes, Anthony Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone — said Metro’s continued operation remains vital to the D.C. region.

“Metro is an essential service, central to the success of our region and safe reopening,” the legislators said. “While ridership and revenues have decreased during the COVID-19 pandemic, we must ensure that our national transit system — and the employees who keep it running — are able to weather this storm.”

James Wright Jr.

James Wright Jr. is the D.C. political reporter for the Washington Informer Newspaper. He has worked for the Washington AFRO-American Newspaper as a reporter, city editor and freelance writer and The Washington...

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