McDonnell still pushing for WMATA seats
It's been many months since Gov. Bob McDonnell made a play to take half of the Virginia seats on the WMATA Board away from Northern Virginia, but if you thought the issue was dead, it's far from it.
After deferring a vote three times, the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) will decide whether to accept or reject the proposal on Thursday night.
Keep the power over the Washington metropolitan area's transit in the hands of people in the Washington metropolitan area. If you live in Virginia, contact NVTC to ask Chairman Cathy Hudgins and the other commissioners to vote for Resolution #2157 and oppose any transfer of control over WMATA from Northern Virginia to Richmond.
McDonnell can still influence WMATA and work to improve safety and accountability without seats on the Board. He could start by telling riders and officials what he thinks should be done differently, and ask the current Board members to adopt his recommendations. There's a good chance they might do just that. But instead, he's spending all this effort on a power grab, which makes it sound like his motives aren't really to improve Metro.
[Continue reading David Alpert's post here at Greater Greater Washington.]
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| October 5, 2010; 12:58 PM ET
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