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Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 01/ 4/2011

Tommy Wells named to Metro board

By Ann Scott Tyson

The D.C. Council passedtyson.gif a resolution on Monday naming Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) to the Metro board of directors, according to council spokeswoman Traci Hughes.

Wells is expected to replace longtime Metro board member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1).

The move comes as the Metro board undergoes major turnover. Some of the changes are fallout from recent elections. Others are a reaction to criticism leveled against the board in two recent reports that attacked Metro's governing structure as outmoded, lacking accountability and overly involved in day-to-day decisions. Several board members have acknowledged frustration at serving in the time-consuming position for little or no pay or public appreciation.

Chris Zimmerman of Arlington stepped down last month after more than 10 years on the board. Mary Hughes Hynes, a member of the Arlington County Board and the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC), will take his place.

Maryland member Gordon Linton has also announced his departure and another Maryland board member, Elizabeth Hewlett, has said she intends to leave.

Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker notified member Marcell Solomon last month that his contract will be terminated Jan. 21.

Metro is also searching for a new permanent general manager. A search committee has been interviewing candidates and is expected to present a final slate to the board for consideration soon.

By Ann Scott Tyson  | January 4, 2011; 10:03 AM ET
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great. wonder if he's going to do for metro what he did for dyrs.

Posted by: jcbcmb68 | January 3, 2011 9:47 PM | Report abuse

My question is...will he have the same attitude towards transportation that he does for welfare recipients? He was the main naysayer when the legislation came up to cut off people who have been on welfare for more than five years. If you leave it to one would pay to ride the metro. He has proven that he thinks you can just keep giving resources away...and the source will never be drained dry.

Posted by: dc_concerned_citizen | January 4, 2011 4:43 AM | Report abuse

The departure of Jim Graham (D.C.) and Zimmerman (Va.) from the Metro Board was long overdue. They were obstacles to reform of the transit system.

But Arlington's decision to appoint one of Zimmerman's political lieutenants (Mary Hynes) to the Metro Board is discouraging. And the refusal to allow any appointments by the Governor of Va. is deplorable.

It's time to implement the recommendations of the blue-ribbon committee on Metro governance: Give more appointing power to the two Governors and D.C. Mayor, and remove the elected local politicians from the Metro Board.

Posted by: jrmil | January 4, 2011 7:37 AM | Report abuse

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