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Metro cell deadline in trouble

The team of companies tyson.gifbuilding Metro's expanded wireless phone network have said they cannot meet an Oct. 2012 deadline set by Congress without dozens of new safety escorts to increase their ability to lay fiber optic cable and conduct other work on Metro's rail tracks, Metro officials said on Thursday.

"The amount of work down on the track beds is very substantial and has exceeded our ability to provide with our own employees on an overtime basis," said Suzanne Peck, Metro's chief information officer.

A panel of Metro's board of directors on Thursday approved the hiring of 40 additional Metro employees at a cost over three years of $7.2 million, to be paid for by the wireless phone companies. The full board will consider the proposal at its next meeting, Metro officials said.

-- Ann Scott Tyson

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By Michael Bolden  | November 4, 2010; 10:51 AM ET
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If I read this right the money and 40 people are just to escort the Telecom people? if so these people need to be trained in safety best practices, why not train the telcom workers. The work in other difficult areas underground next to other utility cables.

Posted by: normanp2 | November 4, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Why is this a concern for Congress?

Shouldn't they be more concerned that the current management is entirely incapable of running a transit system? Metro doesn't need a deadline for cell service, Metro needs to be dissolved and taken over by the US Army.

Posted by: getjiggly1 | November 4, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

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