Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Work Group Announces Final Recommendations

The Governance Work Group (GWG), created by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and District of Columbia Mayor Vincent C. Gray to advance Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) governance reform, recently released its final recommendations for improving regional coordination among the WMATA Board of Directors and establishing greater focus on long-term, high-level policy.

This report, which is the result of extensive collaboration among the GWG and stakeholders, recommends actions to be taken not only by the Board but also through the adoption of legislation at the jurisdictional level and a Memorandum of Understanding to be signed by the Transportation Executives in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Legislation, which will establish Board member qualifications, reporting requirements and term limits, will be introduced in each of the three jurisdictions’ upcoming legislative sessions.

The GWG report also recommends the convening of an annual, regional summit with the Governors and Mayor, WMATA General Manager and Chief Executive Officer and Board Chair to review WMATA’s progress and remaining challenges. The first regional summit with Governors O’Malley and McDonnell and Mayor Gray is scheduled for January 13, 2012.

Read more on the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation website.

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