ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Senate has approved an annual $167 million grant to support the Metro.

The Senate passed the bill Friday. A similar bill has cleared the House of Delegates. The measure also requires the annual grant to increase by 3 percent annually.

A 2017 study by former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood recommended Maryland, Virginia and the District provide annual dedicated funding of $500 million for capital costs.

Virginia is contributing $154 million and the District is providing $179 million.

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