A push for federal members at Metro
Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) is urging the General Services Administration to press forward with appointing two additional federal members to Metro's board of directors.
The Obama administration named veteran transportation official Mortimer Downer and planning executive Marcel Acosta to the transit agency's board in January. Federal officials described the appointments as an urgent move in the face of a leadership vacuum, budget deficits and widespread concerns about safety at Metro. Metro general manager John. B. Catoe Jr. had announced his resignation earlier that month
Four federal appointees were mandated in 2008 legislation that authorized $1.5 billion in federal funds for safety-related capital improvements at Metro over the next 10 years.
Monday Norton released a letter she recently sent to GSA Administrator Martha Johnson urging the appointments. The 14-member board includes members and alternates from Northern Virginia, the District and Maryland, and would grow to 16 members with two new federal designees.
"Concern about the time that you have taken to appoint directors to the Metro Board is justified, particularly considering the safety issues that have plagued Metro over the past several years, including the June 2009 Red Line train collision, the worst tragedy in Metro's 34-year history," Norton said in her letter.
Norton observed that Metro will soon appoint a new general manager and is implementing recommendations made by the National Transportation Safety Board after the Red Line crash.
"The Metro Board is central to the policies and operations of the national capital region's public transportation system," Norton said in a statement. "GSA must quickly work to identify and select candidates for the two remaining seats on Metro's Board by year's end."
When Downey and Acosta were appointed, Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.) said the federal members would help "elevate the board beyond the parochialism that can sometimes affect the Metro board. We are looking for a systemwide perspective."
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