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Applications are out, Metro riders. If you have a strong opinion about your Metro ride and how WMATA is conducting business, then apply to join the Metro Riders' Advisory Council. According to its application, all you need is 3 to 4 hours a month. That's not terrible, right?
The council was formed six years ago in September of 2005 and includes, according to the WMATA website, "six individuals from Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia, two at-large members, and the head of Accessibility Advisory Committee." Six vacancies include one for Arlington County in Virginia, two for the District, two for Prince George's County in Maryland, and one at-large member. These members meet the first Wednesday of every month from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Members of the Riders' Advisory Council have a greater platform to talk Metro concerns and communicate with WMATA officials, as we saw in the public forum with Metro Transit Police in late September. Here, watch a recording of a RAC meeting on random bag searches from January of this year. Why complain on Twitter when you can join this dialogue?