Warner & Kaine Meet with New WMATA General Manager, Reiterate Need for Increased Efficiency and Safety
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (D-VA) met with Randy Clarke, the new General Manager of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). During the introductory meeting, Clarke briefed the Senators on the status of the Silver Line project, discussed ways to increase affordability and ridership, and provided an overview of the challenges still facing WMATA.
“Earlier today, we met with General Manager Clarke to hear more about his objectives for WMATA and his perception of the short- and long-term challenges that lay ahead. It is our hope that Mr. Clarke will help usher in needed safety measures, increase transparency, and further cooperation at the local, state, and federal levels. We look forward to working with Mr. Clark to ensure that WMATA can fulfill its mission and earn the trust of riders and commuters all across the DMV region,” said the Senators.
Sens. Warner and Kaine have been strong champions for WMATA, which serves federal workers, commuters, and residents in the Northern Virginia region. Earlier this year, they announced more than $120 million in federal funding through the American Rescue Plan. They also worked to secure $1.2 billion over eight years for WMATA in the bipartisan infrastructure law negotiated by Sen. Warner and supported by Sen. Kaine.