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Posted at 4:28 PM ET, 01/10/2011

DOT heads to take charge of WMATA reform

By David Alpert

DDOT, MDOT and VDOT have been planning how to enact some of the recently proposed WMATA governance reforms. The plan highlights a good set of proposals for immediate action, but cuts out Northern Virginia governments in a way that could hurt the region and Metro.

The "implementation plan" (PDF) examines the recommendations of the Board of Trade and Riders' Advisory Council reports (PDFs). It rejects the somewhat unworkable idea from the Board of Trade to create a new super-board with members from D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and the federal government to set standards for WMATA Board members, appoint a regional chair, and generally oversee the board.

Instead, it suggests that the DDOT director and Maryland and Virginia secretaries of transportation work together as a less formal, temporary working group to set those standards, which makes a lot more sense.

[Continue reading David Alpert's post at Greater Greater Washington.]

David Alpert is founder and editor of Greater Greater Washington. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By David Alpert  | January 10, 2011; 4:28 PM ET
Categories:  D.C., Local blog network, Maryland, Virginia, transportation  
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