Two Metro board member resignations
Metro Board member Christopher Zimmerman announced unexpectedly that he will leave Metro's leadership, causing reactions of surprise, shock, and disappointment from his colleagues.
He will chair the Arlington County Board, the Post reported yesterday.
Zimmerman has also chaired the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority and the Transportation Planning Board for the National Capital Region. He has served on Metro's board since 1998, including stints as chairman.
According to a letter posted on Greater Greater Washington, fellow Arlington County Board member Mary Hynes will replace him. "For many years, she and her family have lived about a block-and-a-half from the Clarendon Metro station. They have relied upon the system, and seen the changes Metro has brought to the community over the years," Zimmerman said in the letter.
Additionally, Metro alternate board member from Maryland, Gordon Linton, said he will step down on Thursday after more than six years on the board.
He will be replace by former Takoma Park mayor Kathy Porter.
Linton was "extremely well informed and thoughtful" and had a nationwide perspective on transit agencies that made a strong contribution to the board, said Board Chairman Peter Benjamin.
Linton, who served as administrator of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) from 1993 to 1999, has been involved in transportation policy at the local, state, and national level.
In departing, he thanked Metro's 10,000 employees "who take their jobs with a sense of seriousness and dedication."
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