Metro cell deadline in trouble
The team of companies building 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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