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Md. and D.C. officials want a Metro overhaul WMATA’s board must overcome divisions to hire agency’s new chief TRANSPORTATION Metro must improve its management and accountability before local governments have the confidence to invest billions of dollars in expanding the transit system to handle the region’s expected growth, top transportation officials from Maryland and the District said. The two officials described in separate interviews the kind of “turnaround expert” they want Metro to pick as its new chief executive. “There’s a need for across-theboard management improvement,” said D.C. Transportation Director Leif Dormsjo, who recently joined Metro’s board. Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn called the transit agency’s financial mismanagement “unforgivable.”
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Metro’s next chief executive will have to fix finances and safety problems before governments invest in expansion, D.C. and Maryland officials say.
The two officials’ comments provided the first detailed account of what D.C. and Maryland hope Metro’s next leader will achieve. Metro board members from those jurisdictions have the ability to derail the selection of a Metro general manager if they are dissatisfied with the candidates or the selection process. A sharp division between the jurisdictions and Metro’s board,
which had Virginia’s support, provoked the current crisis over the transit agency’s leadership. While Maryland and D.C. want a financial expert to take the reins of the system, Virginia would be comfortable with a conventional transit executive as long as he or she focuses on safety, Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne said. ABIGAIL HAUSLOHNER AND ROBERT McCARTNEY (THE WASHINGTON POST)
The amount of the operating budget that the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors voted last week to adopt for 2016. The newly approved plan fully funds the Loudoun School Board’s requested $991.7 million operating budget — the first time since 2001 that the school system has not been left facing a funding shortfall. (THE WASHINGTON POST) Carbon monoxide poisoning suspected after 8 people are found dead in home on Md. Eastern Shore
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