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Work group makes Metro recommendations

A group created by the governors of Virginia and Maryland and the D.C. mayor put out its final recommendations that suggest stricter reporting mechanisms and smaller-sized committees for how to better govern Metro.

The Governance Work Group was set up to try to help improve “regional coordination” among the board of directors for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and the area jurisdictions.

Governors Martin O’Malley (D) of Maryland and Bob McDonnell (R) of Virginia and D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) encouraged the board to reelect Metro’s board president, Catherine Hudgins, for a second year.

In the report, they also said legislation would be introduced in each of the jurisdictions to establish qualifications, reporting requirements and term limits for board members on Metro.

It also suggested a regional summit of the governors, mayor, Metro’s general manager and Hudgins to “review WMATA’s progress and remaining challenges.”

The first summit is scheduled for Jan. 13.

The report also recommended the following:

* Metro’s board should have smaller committees.

* The board chair should serve “at least two but no more than four consecutive years.”

* Authorities that appoint Metro board members should put in place ridership and attendance expectations for board members, along with annual reporting requirements.

* Entities responsible for a board member’s “compensation should submit an annual compensation letter to the Secretary or Director of Transportation.”

In a statement, Hudgins said the recommendations “provide us with important guidance to continue improving the regional governance of Metro, including the roles and responsibilities of the board, as well as opportunities to strengthen safety oversight and enhance public engagement.”

Follow me on Twitter @postmetrogirl.

Dana Hedgpeth is a Post reporter, working the early morning, reporting on traffic, crime and other local issues.

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