Meetings on Traffic and Transit Concerns
There are two meetings coming up today and tomorrow I thought many of you would like to know about, because they concern issues we've talked about here: Today, it's the Whitehurst Freeway and whether it should be torn down. Tomorrow, it's Metro's budget for the year that starts on July 1.
This afternoon at 3 o'clock, D.C. Councilmember Jim Graham, chairman of the Council's Committee on Public Works and the Environment, will convene a public oversight roundtable on "The Future of the Whitehurst Freeway." (That's encouraging. I hope the Whitehurst has a future.)
The session will be held in Room 412 at the Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. If you're not already signed up to testify, written statements still can be made part of the official record. Copies of such statements should be submitted to LaDorsa Willis, Committee on Public Works and the Environment, Room 116, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20004 , or electronically at email@example.com, by 5 p.m. on Friday,
On Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., Metro and the Rider's Advisory Council Budget Subcommittee will conduct a budget workshop at Metro's downtown headquarters. The advisory council is a citizens panel formed by Metro to advise the transit board.
The purpose of the session is to give riders and the public the opportunity to comment on the proposed budget for fiscal year 2008 and to talk to Metro about it's budget process by providing their comments and opinions. A drawback is that we're not yet sure whether we face fare hikes and service cutbacks. Metro managers proposed such budget-balancing plans in December, but the new general manager, John Catoe, said he wants to review Metro's spending before coming back the board with his own plan.
Wednesday's meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a public comment period and end with a "Budget 101" session in Metro's Lobby Meeting Room, at 600 5th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. Metro also will host two workshops on the fiscal year 2008 budget on Saturdays, March 3 and 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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