1. Calling the Roll.
The meeting was called to order by Mayor Euille, and the City Clerk called the roll; all the members of Council were present. (Councilwoman Hughes arrived at 9:43 a.m.)
2. Public Discussion Period.
(a) Christopher Der, 5405 Duke Street, Apt. 312, spoke about funding solutions for WMATA and DASH, asking City Council to demand that the State picks up their end of transportation funding. He commended Vice Mayor Donley for proposing a legislative package that includes a Northern Virginia gas tax with revenues being dedicated to WMATA. He said it must push again for a gas tax in 2012. Mr. Der said that without dedicated funding, WMATA will spiral into disarray and the region's roads will be more congested than they can imagine. Mr. Der asked Council to advertise a tax rate high enough to devote additional funding for WMATA, as Arlington and Fairfax Counties have already done this. If they are willing to accept some of the largest fare increases in the history of WMATA, then it is only fair that the local jurisdictions pick up their share as well. Mr. Der said he would like Council to restore all funding for the DASH bus system in 2011, noting the buses on Duke Street are routinely crowded. DASH needs to provide transit options for the base realignment and closure developments, and none is possible without appropriate funding.