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Tim Ralston of Kensington, writing in my Dr. Gridlock column Sunday, said this about the Metro board: "I don't know what the answer is, but increasingly, I am less impressed by the Metro board and wonder if it is the most effective body to take the system in the fresh, new direction that is desperately needed."

It's an excellent question. In response, I basically said, don't dump the board now. That's not to let the board members off the hook after the pasting they took in the National Transportation Safety Board's findings and recommendations on the Red Line crash.

Some board members should do some soul-searching about whether they're really up for the struggle to reform the political and bureaucratic structure of the transit authority. See Kytja Weir's story in today's Washington Examiner about the board's attendance records.

But there are plenty of board members with the knowledge and commitment to tackle this. And as a practical matter, we can't afford a wholesale house cleaning when we've finally got all the investigators' recommendations to deal with.

Join me at noon for our weekly online discussion of this and other local transportation topics. If you choose, they may include Metro's struggle to launch its second round of fare increases, and the struggle drivers are having to navigate the Ohio Drive reconstruction project.

Here's a link to the Dr. Gridlock discussion.

By Robert Thomson  | August 2, 2010; 11:45 AM ET
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"we can't afford a wholesale house cleaning when we've finally got all the investigators' recommendations to deal with."

Why not? Metro can just issue a press release saying that they appreciate and are considering the investigators' recommendations. That kills the issue from their side and you can move on to house cleaning.

Posted by: jiji1 | August 2, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

I agree, why not?

After all, it has been this Metro Board's leadership (or lack thereof) that has gotten us to where we are. Do you really think they are going to suddenly change?

Posted by: ceebee2 | August 2, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

From Dr. Gridlock: You could do a thorough cleansing of the Metro board in two ways, I think. Have the regional leaders or panels that appointed the board members fire them and appoint new members. Or you could get the region's leaders together and redraft the Metro compact, the transit authority's constitution.

Either process would take a long time. Neither guarantees a positive result.

Or is there another way?

Posted by: Dr_Gridlock | August 2, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

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