Norton Wants July Crash Hearing
U.S. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) plans a July hearing on yesterday's Metro crash, she said today in a statement.
Norton was briefed on the crash this morning by Metro General Manager John B. Catoe Jr. and National Transportation Safety Board member Debbie Hersman.
"What was striking about my conversations with these two top officials was their agreement that the most seriously damaged car, the striking car, was part of the '1000 series' that had received an NTSB 'urgent safety recommendation' for phase-out or retrofitting, according to Ms. Hersman, and that Metro had ranked the placement of this series as its number one priority, according to Mr. Catoe," said Norton's statement.
She concluded the statement with a call for more Metro funding.
"The time to act is overdue," Norton said. "Our work to authorize $1.5 billion for Metro came after compelling testimony that the maintenance problems of the system have fallen into the danger zone. Yesterday compelling testimony became compelling and tragic evidence."
"With Metro cars crowded with regional residents and dominated by federal employees, Congress had the ultimate wake-up call yesterday," she continued. "The only appropriate response is to begin to eliminate the crash-unworthy cars with this year's appropriations."
-- Theola Labbé-DeBose
Washington Post Editors
June 23, 2009; 2:44 PM ET
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