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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 12/30/2010

Metro rewards with iPads, cash

By Washington Post Editors

Metro gave iPads and cash to members of its finance team as rewards for completing a project this year.

The news was first reported by the Washington Examiner.

According to the story, six executives received iPads and two other workers received bonuses of $2,000 each.

"In lieu of payment and as a token of thanks for the tremendous amount of personal time they dedicated to this project, each received an iPad for their extraordinary work," Metro spokesman Lisa Farbstein told the Examiner. The iPads were intended for personal use, since the Metro system does not use Apple products, the article said.

Metro implemented the most expansive fare increases in its history this summer to help cover a $190 million budget deficit. Metro has predicted it will face an operating budget deficit of $89 million for its next fiscal year.

By Washington Post Editors  | December 30, 2010; 10:45 AM ET
Categories:  Metro  
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Comments

They did a great job with their huge fair hikes. Congrats!

Posted by: yell53 | December 30, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Why didn't they use the $$ to offset the budget shortfall? If they can find the money to give expensive presents and bonuses, they can find the $$ to offset a budget deficit.

Posted by: mensa58 | December 30, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

B.F.D.

This is what passes for news????

Posted by: stinkyliberals | December 30, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Metro management's priorities are clearly in the wrong place. If there were any justice in this world, those responsible for this decision would be terminated. I seriously doubt that will happen.

Posted by: austinrl | December 30, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

"This is what passes for news????"

Yes, it does pass as news. Especially given the financial picture that Metro painted to it's CUSTOMERS over the past year in order to justify massive rate hikes while they failed to fix escalators which they knew were on the verge of catastrophic failure, maintain an adequate safety infrastructure to prevent a train collision which killed multiple people, provide for the safety of their customers on their trains from random thefts and assaults... all because of a LACK OF FUNDING based on what Metro has stated time and time again.

Yet now here they are handing out cash rewards and equipment to their employees while pleading poverty.

That's why this is news. Because Metro is lying to their customers. And just how widespread do you think this reward program was? Knowing that would also be news to anyone who is one of Metro's CUSTOMERS.

Posted by: mika_england | December 30, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

The iPad and cash bonuses represent maybe $10K total in WMATA budget. It comes from discretionary spending used to reward top personnel at the agency. 10K is nothing compared to WMATA's operating budget. That will really go a long way in closing that 89 million budget.

@mensa58, austinrl: Does ANYONE who comments on these boards know ANYTHING about how the real world works? Or are you all stuck in your momma's basement waiting for Cheetos and sodas?

Posted by: ennepe68 | December 30, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Did the people with negative comments even read the article? This is not even a story. We're talking about bonuses for eight people. Seems to me this is less than $15,000 spent. Clearly this will not solve Metro's budget woes, but perhaps keep people who are the example of dedicated employees. People can complain about anything. READ THE ARTICLE BEFORE YOU POST THE COMMENT. You see a headline and then run with it. We want to do everything quickly and not do the research.

Posted by: Gale4ever2002 | December 30, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Did the people with negative comments even read the article? This is not even a story. We're talking about bonuses for eight people. Seems to me this is less than $15,000 spent. Clearly this will not solve Metro's budget woes, but perhaps keep people who are the example of dedicated employees. People can complain about anything. READ THE ARTICLE BEFORE YOU POST THE COMMENT. You see a headline and then run with it. We want to do everything quickly and not do the research.

Posted by: Gale4ever2002 | December 30, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

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