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Posted at 1:13 PM ET, 02/17/2011

What's O'Malley thinking on Metro's board?

By David Alpert

This morning, Peter Benjamin shocked his colleagues on the WMATA Board by announcing his imminent departure. Gov. Martin O'Malley will be replacing both of Maryland's voting members on the board.

His colleague, Elizabeth Hewlett, had previously revealed her intention not to continue serving.

Benjamin said that Gov. O'Malley wanted to start with "a clean slate," which WTOP's Adam Tuss interpreted to mean "essentially the governor wants to go in a different direction."

What is that different direction? There's not much hint in legislation Gov. O'Malley submitted to change the criteria for appointing board members from Maryland. That bill would require regular attendance and transit ridership from WMATA Board members, but also codifies a view of the Board that pushes elected officials out of the process.

That's a bad step, but Benjamin and Hewlett already weren't elected officials who did usually attend meetings.

[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 17, 2011; 1:13 PM ET
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Martin O'Malley, Maryland, Metro, traffic, transportation  
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That's the nom de guerre of the O'Malley Administration this Session, right? Seize discretion of landuse policy from local authorities? Seize control of Metro use board? Et cetera.

Posted by: h20andoil | February 21, 2011 2:25 PM | Report abuse

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