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Loudoun County gets one more seat on commission overseeing Metro

Critics of D.C. Metro always say the system needs more oversight. As of July, one more person from Loudoun County will be keeping an eye on the beleaguered transit authority.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) signed into law this week a bill from local Del. Randy Minchew (R-10th) that creates a second seat for Loudoun County on the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, the body that now holds Metro (WMATA) oversight, in addition to toll revenue allocation for the new tolls on I-66.

The new law will go into effect in July. The measure increases the number of non-legislative citizen members of the NVTC from 13 to 14.

“It is good that our county now has twice the voting clout,” Minchew told the Times-Mirror.

Supervisor Matt Letourneau (R-Dulles) is the current Loudoun representative on the NVTC, with county Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D-At Large) serving as the alternate.

NVTC's commission is broken down into five members from Fairfax; three from Arlington; one – soon to be two – members from Loudoun; two from the City of Alexandria; one from the City of Falls Church; one from the City of Fairfax; one designee of the state Secretary of Transportation; and six members of the General Assembly.

While Loudoun currently only has one specific designee, five of the current General Assembly-NVTC members represent at least a portion of Loudoun. They include Minchew, Sens. Jennifer Wexton (D-33rd) and Dick Black (R-13th) and Dels. Dave LaRock (R-33rd) and Jim LeMunyon (R-67th).

NVTC held a meeting Thursday night, during which the commission approved a call for funding project components and evaluation criteria that "will ensure that priority is given to relieving congestion and moving more people through the corridor," according to commission officials.

“NVTC is bringing the region together to improve travel choices and transit service for drivers and riders alike,” Chairman Jay Fisette of Arlington said in a prepared statement. “We are committed to having additional service in place by the summer of 2017.”

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