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Posted at 8:22 PM ET, 01/11/2011

Alexandria aims to protect Metro sway

By Christy Goodman

The Alexandria City Council and city staff have worked up their own plan to change the Metro compact agreement that they plan to shop around to other jurisdictions beginning as early as next week.

The plan includes a 17-member board and an executive committee and removes the controversial "jurisdictional veto" except when the board is dealing with budgetary affairs.

The idea is "to add to the dialogue" already taking place, said Mark Jinks, deputy city manager, after a Tuesday night work session on the topic.

But it also aims to head off recent proposals that would reduce Alexandria's sway on the board. Metro's general counsel is expected to give an opinion by Jan. 16 on whether the board can diminish the role of alternate members, which includes the city's representative.

The transportation brass of Maryland, Virginia and the District called for a two-year reform process on Monday following unfavorable reports of the Metro system by the Greater Washington Board of Trade and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

Both Northern Virginia jurisdictions and Richmond contribute to Metro funding.

The city has always had an alternate seat on the Metro Board. Under the Alexandria proposal, Virginia, Maryland and the District would have five seats each and there would be two seats held by the federal government. All alternates, including Alexandria's, would become regular voting members.

"When push comes to shove, we are the lowest ones on the totem pole. We'll get shoved off," said Alexandria Mayor William Euille, an 11-year member of the Metro Board and one of the longest serving.

By Christy Goodman  | January 11, 2011; 8:22 PM ET
Categories:  Metro, Northern Virginia, Virginia  
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Comments

Alexandria should get to keep a Metro seek if and only if they make it an independently elected seat, not some side job for the mayor.

Posted by: getjiggly1 | January 12, 2011 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Alexandria should get to keep a Metro seek if and only if they make it an independently elected seat, not some side job for the mayor.

Posted by: getjiggly1 | January 12, 2011 1:32 PM | Report abuse

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