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Today's Read: Metro Renews Catoe Contract

The Metro board Thursday approved a contract extension of General Manager John B. Catoe Jr. on a 5-1 vote. The dissenting vote was cast by D.C. City Administrator Neil Albert, the representative of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty on the board. (Lena H. Sun and James Hohmann)

Metro fired the bus driver who struck and critically injured a 30-year-old jogger north of Dupont Circle after an investigation into the Sept. 3 accident found that she acted improperly, the transit agency said Thursday. (James Hohmann)

By Robert Thomson  |  September 25, 2009; 7:25 AM ET
Categories:  Metro , transit  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, John B. Catoe Jr., Metrobus, Today's Read  
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It makes you wonder how badly things have to fall apart at Metro before management stops getting rewarded.

Why isn't this bigger news at the Post?

Posted by: tomtildrum | September 25, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Today's online discussion closed with one of my pet peeves. WMATA pretends to be planning for the future but continues to live in denial.

I think the doorways of Metrorail cars are tremendous chokepoint for the entire system. Congestion at the doorways increases dwelltimes, reduces full use of railcar capacity and results in lots of broken doors. WMATA can dream about rider education, and rearranging the interiors of the cars or hiring white-gloved workers to stuff the cars but I'd like to stay in reality.

Railcars need more doorway space. More doors? Maybe, although this could create some problems for Metro's many visually-impaired riders if the doors are not in the same places. I say bigger doors; let's say 2 feet wider than current.

It's as if WMATA management never rides the trains....oh, wait, they don't.

Posted by: KS100H | September 28, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

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