D.C. Council member Michael Brown (I-At Large) said that he plans to step down from his position as the alternate member to Metro’s board of directors by the end of the year because he is too busy.

Brown has served as the alternate board member from the District to the Metro board of directors since January 2009. He said on Wednesday that it is “hard for me to make a lot of meetings” the Metro board has, given his responsibilities and workload on the city council.

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown (D) is looking for his replacement, according to Michael Brown. The person who will take the alternate seat will likely have a public transit background, he said. “It is going to be an expert in the field,” Brown said.

Metro’s 16-seat board of directors has gone through quite a bit of turnover in the last few years as new members have joined.

In the last year, there have been nine new board members, including Brown’s counterpart — D.C. Councilman Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) — who joined the Metro board in January.

Two seats on the board remain unfilled, including two alternate spots — one is for the District and the other is for the federal government.

The board has promised better oversight of Metro and to help improve the safety record and repair the aging rail system.

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