Obama budget cuts funding for DC's Metro

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WMATA said it applauds "the President’s continued support for Metro's important safety improvements and capital program.

"We will work closely with the Administration and members of our congressional delegation to ensure that Metro receives the full funding needed to continue crucial safety and reliability work,' Metro General Manager Richard Sarles said in a statement.

The American Public Transportation Association, which lobbies for public transit funding, has applauded the Obama budget and said it included sufficient money for transit systems overall.

"This proposal demonstrates that the administration understands the important role public transportation plays in getting people to work and putting people to work," APTA said in a statement this week. "It includes a continuing commitment to high-speed and intercity passenger rail, improvements to keep our systems in a state of good repair, and a focus on livable communities."

The APTA statement did not make any mention of the cut to Washington's Metro funding. 

Metro is the second busiest transit system in the United States, behind New York City's subway. It averages about a million passengers per day, many of whom are federal government employees.