The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments on Wednesday will elect its new leadership and identify its priorities for 2018, which include supporting funding for the region’s transportation goals.

MWCOG will hold its first board meeting of the year Wednesday and will also outline its legislative wish list.

The council is expected to approve Matthew Letourneau as chairman, with Derrick Davis and and Robert White to serve as vice chairmen. Letourneau serves as a supervisor in Loudoun County, while Davis is a council member in Prince George’s County and White is a an-large council member in the District of Columbia.

According to a meeting packet revealed Tuesday, the transportation priorities for MWCOG in 2018 include:
LeTourneau is also expected to encourage the MWCOG to focus on how the region can improve its response to traffic incidents that disrupt traffic and add to the area’s road congestion.

  • Supporting continued federal funding for Metro. This includes supporting the passage of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act (PRIIA) beyond FY2019.
  • Continuing to push for a “recurring, reliable, and dedicated source” of funding for Metro.
  • Fixing the deficit in the federal Transportation Trust Fund.
  • Supporting funding for next generation transportation systems.

Read the full agenda and meeting packet for the MWCOG board meeting.