In a recent Post op-ed, I listed two criteria for determining whether James Dyke’s appointment to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority Board is good or bad for riders. First was whether his involvement draws Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell personally into caring about Metro, and second was whether he takes time to hear from riders on general concerns and on the issues coming before the board.
We still have to wait and see on the first, but there’s at least meaningful progress on the second. Dyke came to the Riders’ Advisory Council meeting last night, staying for about half of the two-hour meeting. Board members occasionally come to meetings, but not very often, so it was a significant step.
Attending RAC meetings is one of several ways Dyke could hear from riders; others include publicizing some kind of WMATA e-mail address for riders to contact him (since Virginia riders can already e-mail their other board members), or holding town halls for Virginians.
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