While there are issues with the WMATA board, Roy LaHood‘s and Maryland Governor Paul Hogan’s joint offensive to remove elected officials from the WMATA board is really stupid. Not only will that not do much to solve the non-existent problem of supposedly extreme Metro salaries (they’re on par with other mass transit systems), all this means is that Metro will continue to be even more unresponsive to riders’–which is to say, citizens’–needs.
The problem isn’t democracy per se, it’s that the board, other than in D.C. where there is a broad consensus that more money needs to be spent on Metro, isn’t accountable to citizens. When is the last time Metro was a major issue in an election, especially outside of the District? It never is (in Virginia’s gubernatorial race, which is putting the goober back into gubernatorial, the main issue now seems to be the gang MS-13. Because Mexicanists).
Transportation is too important to be left to a supposed board of experts.