Comstock takes ride on Silver Line, discusses future

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, U.S. Representative Barbara Comstock and other officials from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority went for a ride on the Silver Line Friday morning and discussed the future of public transportation.

After a ride on the Metro a brief press conference was held at the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station. Additional investment in public transportation to ensure safety and reliable service for thousands of Metrorail riders was discussed during the event.

Some of the other officials included the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Board of Directors and Metro Interim General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Jack Requa.

The Democratic Party of Virginia released a press release Friday stating the fact that it is odd that Comstock is now supporting the Silver Line after voted against the line in the General Assembly.

"It's odd for Barbara Comstock to act like a supporter of the Metro Silver Line when, in 2013, as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, she voted against providing $300 million in critical funding for Phase II of this important project," said Delegate Mark Keam (D - McLean, Tyson's Corner, Spring Hill and Greensboro Metro Stops).

"If Barbara Comstock had her way, the Silver Line would've never been funded in the first place," said Delegate Ken Plum (D -- Wiehle-Reston Metro Stop). "Our bipartisan transportation plan, which I'm proud of supporting, passed without Comstock's vote. To show up for a photo op having done nothing but oppose the Silver Line is misleading."

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