Artis Hampshire-Cowan, the newest member of Metro’s board of directors who is serving as the alternate from Prince George’s County, gave postmetrogirl a four-minute chat before Thursday’s board meeting.

Check out a snippet of postmetrogirl’s conversation with Hampshire-Cowan after the jump.

Hampshire-Cowan replaces Marcell Solomon, who had served in that post. She is senior vice president and secretary at Howard University, where she leads the effort to expand the university’s North Research Campus in Beltsville.

Hampshire-Cowan previously worked as a congressional lobbyist for the D.C. government and as special counsel on construction of the new Redskins stadium. She’s also served as a commissioner for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC).

Here's what Hampshire-Cowan had to say:

What do you hope to accomplish on the Metro board?

I want to be part of the solution.

So what do you plan to do?

The agency is going through a transformation. The board is going through a transformation. At the end of the day, it is about providing a reliable and safe transit system for riders and employees.

What are your concerns about what Metro needs to do better?

I’d like to see more transit-oriented development, especially in Prince George’s County.


With the economy, it is not the ideal time to expect development will occur. But we’re poised for it. If you compare the rate of development [in Prince George’s County] to other areas, it is the least developed. It’s time. It’s overdue.

How do you propose getting more development in Prince George’s?

I hope to do it by having a collaborative work effort between Metro, the county and private development. All of these entities working together is going to be essential. It’s about agreeing upon objectives and working toward fulfilling them.

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