Washington, D.C. – At its meeting on December 17, the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) elected Charles Jenkins, current 1st Vice Chair of the TPB and Frederick County Commissioner, as its Chairman for 2009. Falls Church Council Member David Snyder and District of Columbia Councilmember Muriel Bowser were elected as vice chairs of the TPB. The TPB serves as the region’s federally designated metropolitan planning organization and as its forum for transportation planning. The TPB prepares plans and programs that must receive approval by the federal government in order for the region to receive federal transportation funds.
Chairman Jenkins was first elected to the Frederick County Board of Commissioners in 2006. Jenkins is also a member of or liaison to: the Frederick Area Committee for Transportation, the Frederick County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association, the Frederick Municipal Airport Commission, the Roads Board, the Sheriff's Office, and the Transportation Services Advisory Council. Jenkins is a veteran of the United States Navy, having served four years as a Navy Cryptologist.
First Vice-Chair Snyder was first sworn in as a member of the Falls Church City Council in 1994. He has served as Mayor and Vice Mayor of the City of Falls Church, having been elected to four terms on the City Council, most recently in May 2006. From 2004 to 2006, he chaired the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority and continues to serve as a member of the Authority. He currently chairs the TPB’s Management, Operations and Intelligent Transportation Systems Policy Task Force and was chairman of the Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee in 2008.
Second Vice-Chair Bowser was elected to the District of Columbia Council in 2006 as a representative for Ward 4. Bowser is a member of the District of Columbia Public Works and the Environment Committee, the Public Safety and the Judiciary Committee, the Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, and the Human Services Committee. She previously served on the Advisory Neighborhood Commission in her neighborhood and has been active with her local civic association, serving as the Second Vice President of the Lamond-Riggs Citizens Association.