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Posted on: December 22, 2016

Mayor Elected Chairman of the Transportation Planning Board

Newton is in Her Fourth Term on the Regional Transportation Planning Panel

Rockville, Maryland, Dec. 22 -- Rockville Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton on Wednesday was unanimously elected chairman of the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) for 2017.

The TPB prepares plans and programs that the federal government must approve in order for federal transportation funds to flow to the region. It includes local governments, state transportation agencies, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and members of the Maryland and Virginia legislatures.

“I am honored and humbled to serve as chairman of the TPB in 2017,” Newton said. “As a regional, long-range planning board, the TPB has a unique responsibility for thinking across jurisdictional boundaries and decades into the future. I look forward to working closely with my colleagues from across the metro area to address our region’s long-term transportation needs.”

Newton, who is completing her fourth term on the TPB, served as the board’s vice chairman this year. She will begin a one-year term as the chairman in January.

She was first elected mayor in 2013, after two terms as a councilmember, and was re-elected mayor in 2015 to the first four-year term in Rockville history.

Newton is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. She is a member at large of the Maryland Municipal League (MML) Board of Directors and served as president of MML’s Montgomery County chapter from November 2012 through May 2015. She is in her sixth term on the MML Legislative Committee, of which she was appointed committee chairman in June 2015.

Learn more about the TPB at www.mwcog.org/transportation/tpb/.

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Marylou Berg
Director of Communication
240-314-8105
mberg@rockvillemd.gov

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