The Metro Coalition comments on the announcement of WMATA’s GM & CEO Paul Wiedefeld’s retirement.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 18, 2022
Contact: Joe McAndrew 202.725.6627
Washington, DC — The MetroNow Coalition—comprised of the Coalition for Smarter Growth, Federal City Council, Greater Washington Board of Trade, Greater Washington Partnership, Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce, the 2030 Group, and Tysons Partnership—today released the following statement on the announcement of WMATA’s GM & CEO Paul Wiedefeld’s retirement:
“The MetroNow Coalition commends and thanks WMATA GM & CEO Paul Wiedefeld for his service to the region. Paul has been a pivotal leader in helping the region move the WMATA system forward over the past six years. He prioritized the safety of the region’s transit system and worked with the Coalition and the region’s leaders to deliver the historic dedicated funding deal in 2018 – a 40+ year priority for the region. Paul provides the region with a strong foundation for his successor, and we look forward to working with the next dynamic leader to address critical near-term challenges like fixing WAMTA’s railcar operations, partnering with jurisdictional stakeholders to transform the region’s bus operations, and providing a clear path to returning riders to the system – all these to drive and support the strongest and healthiest recovery possible.”
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About the MetroNow Coalition
The MetroNow Coalition is a group of regional leaders from organizations representing businesses and non-profit advocates who came together to ensure that action was taken to put Metro—the backbone of Greater Washington’s transportation infrastructure—on a safe, smart, and sustainable path forward. We are dedicated to securing comprehensive improvement of Metro’s governance, funding, and operational structures. Since our successful 2018 campaign for dedicated capital funding for Metrorail from each jurisdiction, we doubled down on our commitment to regional mobility by expanding our focus to include making the region’s bus systems more frequent, reliable, faster, and affordable.