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D.C. Transportation Director to Metro

Metro announced today that Emeka C. Moneme, the District's transportation director, will leave that post in Mayor Adrian Fenty's cabinet to return to the transit authority as chief administrative officer.

As head of the District Department of Transportation, Moneme has overseen traffic and transit projects, including the shutdown and rehabilitation of the Douglass Bridge, the traffic and transit plan for the new Nationals Park, development of the pedestrian safety master plan and the proposed Anacostia streetcar line.

He also serves as a District representative on Metro's board of directors, a post he'll be leaving to join Metro's management.

[Post reporters David Nakamura and Lena Sun have more about this on D.C. Wire, the city staff's blog.]

Moneme was Metro's chief of staff to the general manager from 2006 to 2007. That was while Dan Tangherlini was serving as interim general manager, after the resignation of Richard White.

When Fenty recruited Tangherlini to become city administrator of the District, Moneme followed him back to the city government in January 2007 to serve in the cabinet as transportation director.

Moneme had started his career with D.C. government in 2000, working with Tangherlini who was then the transportation director in the Department of Public Works. The Department of Transportation was later spun off from the DPW.

Starting as Metro's chief administrative officer in September, Moneme will oversee the transit authority's departments of workforce, information
technology, safety and planning and joint development.

The appointment is part of a larger administrative reorganization announced today by General Manager John B. Catoe Jr. and includes the appointment of a chief financial officer and director of policy and government relations.

In a further raid on the District Department of Transportation, Metro named Metro Carol Kissal as its chief financial officer. Kissal has been serving as DDOT's deputy director.

Sarah A. Kline will be Metro's director for the Office of Policy and
Government Relations. She has been serving as counsel to the chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs.

Catoe described his administrative plan in a statement: "This restructuring allows us to focus not only on rail and bus service for this region, but it allows us to focus on larger public transportation issues on the horizon and future planning of this region's transportation needs. We are the region's mobility managers, and we are looking to expand the options that people have when it comes to their transportation needs."

With pressures mounting to preserve and expand Washington's transit services, the transit authority is the logical leader for a regional effort to develop train, bus and streetcar systems. But it will be a while before we know if these administrative moves push us in that direction.

By Robert Thomson  |  July 23, 2008; 2:10 PM ET
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But, will he take metro to work?

Posted by: Dwayne Smith | July 23, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

I hope not. There isn't room for more.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 23, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

I guess he can steal..ooops, I mean earn...more money at Metro than in DC govt.

Posted by: dcisajoke | July 23, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

This is a real opportunity for the Mayor to get someone into a position to really transform DDOT to an agency ready to take on the challenges of 21st century mobility.

All citizens should be concerned with the replacement.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 23, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Someone in DDOT should be thinking with Maryland TA on MagLev Washington to Baltimore and beyond.

Posted by: C S Ladd | July 23, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

The 21st century? Let's try to catch up with the 20th first.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 24, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

"I guess he can steal..ooops, I mean earn...more money at Metro than in DC govt." - dcisajoke

Emeka Moneme is an upstanding citizen and an excellent administrator. His track record speaks for itself (check it out). To somehow suggest that DC Government employees are thieves is misguided. Theft and corruption may occur at any level of government, in any jurisdiction. You know this...

Posted by: Observer | July 25, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Yes, many corrupt governments learn from DC.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 25, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

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