McAuliffe taps LaHood to lead Metro panel

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - — Robert McCart­ney and Faiz Sid­diqui

The Wash­ing­ton re­gion took a step to­ward build­ing a con­sen­sus on how to fix Metro on Thurs­day as Vir­ginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) tapped for­mer U.S. trans­porta­tion sec­re­tary Ray LaHood to lead an in­de­pen­dent panel to study the sys­tem’s gov­er­nance and longterm fi­nan­cial needs.

The move im­me­di­ately drew ap­plause from top Metro of­fi­cials and Mary­land Gov. Larry Ho­gan (R). D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) sug­gested that she would wel­come the project if it suc­ceeded in cre­at­ing a re­gional sales tax or other ded­i­cated fund­ing for Metro next year.

The LaHood panel will tackle the gov­er­nance and fund­ing dif­fi­cul­ties that have ham­pered Metro for decades.

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