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Posted at 8:00 AM ET, 01/21/2011

Unease over merging transit agencies

By Jennifer Buske

If it's not broken then don't fix it. That's the attitude some Northern Virginia transit officials have toward a bill that proposes to merge three major transit agencies into one come July 2012, The Post's Virginia Politics blog reports.

Del. Dave Albo (R-Fairfax) filed a bill last week that calls for the consolidation of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission and the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission. The NVTA would be expanded and absorb the responsibilities of the other two agencies.

"There are just too many cooks in the kitchen so what this bill attempts to do is make one organization responsible for transportation," Albo said. "To me the most important thing is you would have one place to go to get something done."

Albo said the bill follows a recommendation made from the governor's restructuring and reform committee. By collapsing three organizations into one, Albo said, it will save money and be more effective.

Those close to the issue, however, think otherwise.

"Why break something that is working well," NVTC Public Outreach Director Kala Quintana said. "This is something that may look good on paper by someone who doesn't have a fundamental knowledge of how we all work...but these are very different" agencies.

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By Jennifer Buske  | January 21, 2011; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  Northern Virginia, Transit  
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Comments

Republicans always have to tinker with things that work. Who did the campaign money come from to stir this pot?

Posted by: jckdoors | January 21, 2011 8:51 AM | Report abuse

If you are going to combine the transit agencies in Northern Virginia, why just these three? What about the Fairfax Connector, Arlington Transit, and DASH buses?

Posted by: buffysummers | January 21, 2011 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Who says they work? The people in those organizations? Of course they think they're doing a great job. That doesn't mean there aren't ample opportunities for improved efficiency through consolidation.

Posted by: slar | January 21, 2011 11:08 AM | Report abuse

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