Moving Metro Forward: Regional Task Force Co-Chair on WMATA Governance Presents to Chamber

Posted Date: 
February 8, 2011

David J. Robertson, executive director of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), recently co-chaired a high-profile task force on the governance of the Metro system, operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). Today, he presented the findings of that group's work to the Chamber's Infrastructure and Land Use Committee, chaired by Gus Bauman of Beveridge & Diamond, PC.

Jointly sponsored by COG and the Greater Washington Board of Trade, the task force examined how the transit authority is governed, with particular focus on the roles of the Metro Board and the general manager. Its final report, “Moving Metro Forward,” looked at how that structure relates to performance and safety issues, funding and policy decisions, and other factors relating to operations.

The task force made recommendations on the makeup and organization of the WMATA Board, and the scope and authority of the general manager’s role. “This region is literally built on top of Metro,” said Robertson, noting the importance of a strengthened governance structure for WMATA, to assure the overall improvement of the transit system. “If we fail (to enhance its operational efficiency), we jeopardize this region’s economic success.” View the report and read about regional leaders’ follow-up action plans at: http://www.mwcog.org/about/governancetaskforce/governancetaskforce.asp

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