The General Assembly has adjourned for 2016 but the work continues. My office is busy with constituent case work, responding to other constituent inquiries, and planning our legislative agenda for next year. I am also knocking on doors most weekends to provide District 16 residents with an update on state government.
If you would like to hear about the 2016 legislative session, the District 16 Team is holding its annual townhall on Monday, May 16th starting at 7:30pm at the Davis Library (6400 Democracy Boulevard).
You can always keep up with all my activities by following me at @mkorman on Twitter or clicking "Like" on Delegate Marc Korman on Facebook.
I am also having an event to support my campaign on June 5th. You can purchase a ticket here.
The implications of climate change cannot be understated, particularly in a state such as ours with significant coast line. One issue brought to my attention by a constituent while going door to door is how our state pension investments could be affected by climate change and what can be done to make sure that the risk of climate change is calculated in how our important state funds are invested. I was pleased to work with several colleagues (including Delegates Stein and Barnes and Senator Peters) on a letter from the Joint Committee on Pensions to the State Pension Board of Trustees Chair about the issue. The letter is available here.
The Department of Legislative Services annually compiles a summary of the legislative session known as the "90 Day Report." Click here to read the 2016 90 Day Report.
Metro's troubles continue. Since I last wrote, quite a bit has happened. One point I often make is that Metro is a regional system and requires regional solutions. For that reason, I was pleased that Delegate Erek Barron and I met with Metro Chairman and DC Councilmember Jack Evans recently to discuss system challenges.
The National Transportation Safety Board ("NTSB") has begun releasing its recommendations following its investigation of the terrible incident at L'Enfant Plaza in 2015. More information is available here.
Metro has released a plan dubbed "SafeTrack" that is designed to try and address some of the system's most pressing maintenance issues. The plan uses a "surge" approach to maintenance that will require stations and track segment closures for weeks at a time and some systematic changes such as shorter system hours.
Less than 24 hours after SafeTrack was released, the Federal Transit Administration issued a Safety Directive for Metro that could require even more drastic action. Although I appreciate FTA asserting important safety oversight over Metro, I am disturbed that Metro and the federal government could not coordinate on a single approach for both Friday's announcement and the safety directive. After all, the federal government is a partner in the system with Maryland, Virginia, and DC and has its own Metro board members.
Finally, if you are interested in getting in the weeds of Metro operations and necessary reforms, McKinsey recently released a detailed report on specific processes Metro must improve. A lot of time is dedicated to discussing dedicated funding, station closures, and other hot button issues, but for Metro to ever improve many of these types of detailed reforms will need to be implemented.
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