McAuliffe taps LaHood to lead Metro panel
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.