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Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 02/16/2011

McDonnell MIA on Metro funding

By David Alpert

Congressional Republicans are trying to take away the federal contribution to fixing Metro's safety problems. While he's clamoring for a seat on the WMATA Board, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is staying silent on this crucial need, as is Republican Rep. Frank Wolf.

Soon, the Senate Finance Committee will consider HB2000, which mandates that one of the two voting seats on the WMATA Board go to the governor's designee to Northern Virginia Transportation Commission. Right now that's Thelma Drake, former congresswoman from Norfolk.

If the bill passes, the WMATA Board will get a member who doesn't live in the area and certainly doesn't ride Metro on a regular basis. Still, there is some sense in having the governor of Virginia involved as a more serious stakeholder. Unfortunately, so far McDonnell has not shown much interest in actually helping improve Metro and other transit in Virginia.

[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  | February 16, 2011; 10:22 AM ET
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Metro, Va. Politics, Virginia, traffic, transportation  
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