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Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published November 17, 2010

GOVERNOR O’MALLEY COMMENDS WASHINGTON BOARD OF TRADE AND WASHINGTON COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS FOR REPORT ON METRO GOVERNANCE



ANNAPOLIS, MD (November 17, 2010) – Governor Martin O’Malley today expressed his appreciation to the Washington Board of Trade and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments for their comprehensive review of governance issues involving the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). A joint task force comprised of 18 business and political leaders from the region reviewed the effectiveness of the current structure used to govern WMATA. In a report issued today, the task force called for sweeping changes to the way WMATA is governed in order to ensure the safety and efficiency of the Metro transit system.

“We appreciate the effort of the task force, the Board of Trade and WashCOG to examine WMATA’s current governance structure and to develop a series of recommendations aimed at improving that structure,” said Governor O’Malley.

“Maryland agrees with the conclusion that changes in the way WMATA is governed could produce a more effective organization. We look forward to working with the leadership in our fellow jurisdictions and with other stakeholders as, together, we move toward the common goal of making Metro a better, safer system for citizens throughout the region.”

The full Task Force report can be found at http://www.bot.org/media-center/press-releases/press-release-111710.aspx