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By Too Conservative

Gov. Bob McDonnell said Tuesday that he will wait to decide whether to pay the state’s first $12.5 million payment to Metro until after a decision is made on whether the state can have two seats on the agency’s board of directors.

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  • Leej says:

    Sorry for the off post. But I can’t get into the archives when I click on a previous month only the current page re shows except there are previous page numbers and when I click on those only the current page shows. Also When I type and fill up the comment window it will not scroll down to show what I am typing below the comment box. Instead I must type my long comments in a word processor then paste to the comment window. How can I get to the archives and see scroll the comment window ????

  • edmundburkenator says:

    Yep. There was an interesting thread (CBA) going that is very difficult to access now because is it in the purgatory of “Older Entries”, which has never worked.
    Help please and thanks.

  • tx2vadem says:

    NVTC appoints the two Virginia members. NVTC is an entity created by an act of the General Assembly. So, how is Virginia not represented on the WMATA board?
    NOVA counties make up a disproportionate share of state revenue. We also get less back than we put in. Now he would like to wrest the board seats out of Fairfax’s and Arlington’s hands. I thought local control was something Republicans valued.

  • NoVA Scout says:

    tx2, putting part-time local pols on the Commission may have been acceptable at one point long ago, but times (and Virginia’s direct contribution) have changed. Maryland is represented directly, so should be Virginia. Connaughton and McDonnell are absolutely correct that the Commonwealth should be represented on the Board, given its contributions. It’s equally important that they be able to execute on their intention to put someone there who knows the subject and who can devote steady attention to it. They’re playing this very tough, though, threatening to withhold funds in the immediate near term. Would like to see some middle way through this to avoid immediate disruption of funding.

  • local gop says:

    Bobby Mac is dead wrong on this one. Sorry, just wrong. The Commonwealth’s contribution pales in comparison to what we Northern Virginians contribute. If you want to control half the representation to the Metro Board, then the least you can do is pay for half our contributions to it.

  • Eric the 1/2 troll says:

    Type “Chesapeake” into the search windoow at the top of the main page and it will take you to that thread.

  • Leej says:

    It is a shame this day in age it is so complicated to access old threads.

    Anyway you can click on this link to get to the Chesapeake discussion.

  • Let's Be Free says:

    You say “dead wrong” local GOP, like in the 17 fatalities (pedestrians, riders, employess and contractors) caused by the me-first, safety-last, negligent management installed by the current Board? I say not. It’s about time Metro’s governance structure and the representatives change to get idealogues, bullies and failed leaders like Chris Zimmerman out of the mix. Local jurisdictions are failing. They are no longer appointing selfless public servants like Joe Alexander to the Metro Board. McDonnell’s underlying thesis about getting professional, performance-oriented and safety-first representation on the Board is exactly the right way to go.

  • local gop says:

    your accusations are completely unfounded. stop playing political games with dead people. accidents happen, right? or is that just when oil spills in the gulf and we use that as a defense against a moratorium being placed on new drilling? Richmond has shown its unwillingness to help fund metro and now it is wanting to take away half NoVA’s representation away? this has nothing to do with safety or money. this is political, plain and simple. and its wrong. hiring yet another bureaucrat will not make metro safer. improving its outdated cars will.

  • Let's Be Free says:

    When the Washington Post, Federal safety officials, Barbara Mikulski, the recently installed Metro chairman and I agree on the safety-free disaster zone that Metro has become, you can bet there is nothing political about it. Zimmerman has always put getting $$$$$ for his toys above safety — you probably weren’t around when he said next time Arlington would let the Pentagon burn unless the Feds came up with $$$$$. The Chrisinator has quite the penchant for not letting deaths go to waste.
    As for outdated cars, that is an absurd argument. Outdated cars don’t kill people. Running train into other trains, running trains over track workers, exposing employees and contractors needlessly to hot third rails and running over pedestrians kills people — all these accidents that caused 17 needless and tragic fatalities, each preventable by safe and prudent operation. You can bet if I had run over someone with the old junker sedan I traded in last weekend that I would have been responsible, no free pass because the rust bucket was old and balky or not as well built as its successor. Safety-first is a question of sound policy and leadership — Chris Zimmerman is a failed leader with the longest standing stewardship of the worst performing transit operation in the United States.

  • local gop says:

    sounds like your issue is with chris zimmerman. take that up with the transportation commission. one bad apple is no reason to toss out the whole lot. and new cars means come with upgraded braking systems. remember the red line crash a year ago now? do you remember what they said was a contributing factor? brakes.

  • Let's Be Free says:

    The tranportation commission acts as a Chris Zimmerman propaganda machine. Whenever Zimmerman says jump, the folks over there say how high? How many times? And where to?
    The governance structure is broken. It needs to be changed and the only way to cause a change on this side of the river is through the state. The insular clubbishness needs to be broken apart — McDonnell’s proposal is aimed at doing that and as such will increase the accountability and performance of Metro without question. By having state representation on Metro there will be a better balance of interests on the Metro Board as well, as opposed to having Great Wall of Arlington advocates exerting undue influence to stick it to the other 2,000,000 people who live in Northern Virginia.
    If brakes are bad, Job 1 is to identify them as so, and then set investment and maintainance priorities to get them fixed — that is what Safety First is about. The politicians-only Metro Board, led on our side of the river by Zimmerman, did not have the proper priorities nor did not put in place tools to hold management accountable.

  • tx2vadem says:

    Nova Scout, Maryland is not represented directly according to Metro’s compact. Its directors are appointed by the Washington Suburban Transit Commission. It so happens that the Governor of Maryland is allowed direct appointments to that commission. The General Assembly decided the composition of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission. If they wanted the governor to make appointments to it, they would have written that into the law. As is, the Secretary of Transportation gets one member out of the 20.
    From all the articles, I’m still not clear on what they want. Do they want to amend the WMATA compact to add two seats? Or do they want NVTC to just replace two of the existing members with McDonnell picks?
    I don’t think it is a bad idea to add people who can focus their full attention on WMATA or that bring unique experience to the board that the current VA members do not have. But who exactly does he want to appoint? It would be helpful if we knew who that was.
    Though this “it’s state money and so we should have say” business is rather silly considering they get that money from us.

  • Citizen Tom says:

    This is a red herring. Do we want the Metro to respond to politicians or the people who use it? If the users of the Metro want it to function properly, then they should insist that user fees pay its entire cost.

    As it is, most people in Virginia ride the Metro once in a blue moon — if ever. Why should such people — who don’t really care about — be choosing people the people who run the Metro. You think the Metro is bad managed? How does getting people involved on the other end of the state — people who don’t give a hoot about Metro — improve anything?

  • local gop says:

    you hit the nail on the head. its not about chris zimmerman acting as some invisible hand or whatever you call it, its about the governor attempting to assert control over what is not his to control. law is very specific how it works and his attempts to by pass the law is wrong. it doesnt matter anyway, the Post broke the story that the governor will fund it.

  • Brian S says:

    There is no reason to assume that the Governor isn’t going to pick two folks from Northern Virginia were he able to appoint directly. That would be the logical thing to do.

  • Let's Be Free says:

    I concur with Brian. Governor McDonnell grew up in Northern Virgnia and has been sensitive to the needs of this area, a notable example being his leadership in insuring a fair share of school funding for local jurisdictions. The Metro funding foil was a much-needed shot across the bow. This isn’t over yet, not by a long shot. The state will appoint Board members from Northern Virginia who reflect regional interests and focus on the safe and efficient operation of the system. The tragedies at Metro are real life, not abstract high school civics lessons. I admire the Governor for using all means at his disposal to push a much-needed reform agenda.

  • local gop says:

    like i said earlier, hiring another government official is not going to solve the problems that metro is hiring. capital improvements will. the way the current law is written is very specific. the governor does not have the authority to make appointments, period. if you or the governor do not like that, change it. republicans are for rule of law last i checked. that doesnt cease when it becomes convenient. the only way for the governor to get around changing the law would be strong arming through withholding money. and i contended that this was the wrong thing to do because the capital improvements that the money will bring far outweigh any effectiveness of another government official running metro. there are already transportation experts on the Metro board.

  • Let's Be Free says:

    The McDonnell’s administration is pushing a strategy that will hold the wayward political leadership responsible for Metro’s incredible list of ills. The de-funding threat was a shot over the bow that the insiders and incumbents and their defenders have fallen for as framing the issue, rather than merely being the first step in a long-term reform campaign. From yesterday’s report,

    I’m thinking the issues will come full circle in the next year or two. In the crosshairs are Chris Zimmerman and his pals.

    Accidents happen because of neglect, innattentiveness and misplaced priorities, most specifically putting political agendas above service and safety. Under the leadership of Zimmerman and pals, Metro has becomes the most deadly transit administration in the country. Keep it up Governor McDonnell, keep it up.

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