DC Council Member Jack Evans Elected Metro Board Chairman

D.C. Council member Jack Evans has been elected chairman of Metro's Board of Directors.

Evans was elected unanimously at Thursday's Metro board meeting.

The board came under scrutiny after a series of safety lapses on the nation's second-largest transit network. Last January, an electrical malfunction caused a train to fill with smoke inside a downtown Washington tunnel, killing one passenger and sickening dozens more.

The board also struggled to find a new general manager for the agency. Paul Wiedefeld took over in November after Metro was under interim leadership for almost all of 2015.

The 16-member board includes appointees from the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and the federal government. Evans was appointed last year.

Evans, a Democrat, has prioritized securing more federal funding for Metro.

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