In a statement to DCist, Wells’ Chief of Staff Charles Allen called the move a “lost opportunity” that might lead to a slowdown in progress being made in transportation policy in the District.

“I’m concerned it will slide back a lot of staff momentum being driven on the council side. For the first time, Tommy had been able to get Ward 7 and 8 to the planning table for DDOT and got WMATA improvements and expansions for several east of the river bus routes,” he added.

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