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MetroAccess driver to be disciplined

Metro requests investigation of driver

MetroAccess service to be scaled back

5:15 p.m. Update: Spokesman David A. Smith would not disclose what type of disciplinary action MV Transportation would take. He said the company does not discuss personnel issues.

Original post: A MetroAccess driver pictured napping in a MetroAccess car in a YouTube video was on a lunch break, but he will be disciplined for sleeping in his vehicle and leaving it idling.

A spokesman for MV Transportation, the California-based company that contracts with Metro to transport the disabled, said Tuesday that all drivers have been issued a reminder that they cannot idle for more than three minutes in the District and Virginia and five minutes in Maryland unless they are picking up or dropping off a MetroAccess customer.

"Since the vehicles are marked with the name of a government service, it is better to avoid the perception and questions that are raised as in the video about whether they are on duty or not," company spokesman David A. Smith said.

-- Lisa Rein

We're awaiting information on what specific disciplinary action MV Transportation is taking.

-- Lisa Rein

By Michael Bolden  | June 29, 2010; 3:43 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories, Commuting, District, Maryland, Metro, MetroAccess, Virginia  
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I hope the driver finds who ever took this video and snaps his neck. Is he supposed to sit in a hot car in 95 degree weather just to satisfy some jerk's desire that he look alert even on his break? He should not be disciplined for taking a break with the AC on in this hot weather.

Posted by: PepperDr | June 29, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Snaps his neck? What is this, China? Calm down, man.

Posted by: janeway1 | June 29, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

MetroAccess cost about $38 for a one-way trip, but riders paid $2.50 and we have somebody complaining about a driver sleeping in his car on his lunch break. The person making the complaint doesn't use MetroAcess so they feel entitled to complain.

With the proposed cutbacks in MetroAcess we will hear more wailing and 'woe-is-me' stories. I know this is a service for the disabled but it shouldn't be a gold plated service. Local jurisdictions either did not provide this service or cut it out.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | June 29, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

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