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Feds withholding transportation funds from DC, Md. and Va.

Federal officials say they are withholding millions of dollars in transportation funding from the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia until they create a new commission to oversee safety on the Metro.

The Federal Transit Administration announced the decision Friday after the region missed a deadline to establish the State Safety Oversight Program. Federal officials estimate that the states and district could lose out on roughly $15 million in fiscal year 2017 if the oversight body isn't created.

The FTA took over direct safety oversight of Metro in October 2015.

Legislation to create the commission has passed the D.C. Council but is awaiting final approval in the Virginia and Maryland General Assemblies.

Virginia Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne said the states are moving forward "as quickly as possible."