Chairman Bulova Stresses Importance of Local Role in WMATA Governance
November 17, 2010 – Chairman Sharon Bulova today welcomed the report from the Washington Board of Trade and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments on restructuring the governance of Metro. While some of the recommendations will improve the confidence of Fairfax County residents in the system, Chairman Bulova emphasized the importance of retaining significant local representation on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s board.
“The BOT/COG report calls for major changes to the current structure of WMATA governance. These changes must serve to improve the operation of Metro without reducing the role that local jurisdictions have in running the system that our residents pay for and rely on every day,” Chairman Bulova said.
Fairfax County funds Metro with tax revenue and the fares our riders pay, Chairman Bulova said. Fairfax County residents approved a $120 million contribution to Metro through the sale of bonds earlier this month.
“Since Northern Virginia’s local governments are responsible for the majority of Metro’s funding, our voice must not be diluted,” Chairman Bulova said.