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Today's read: Metro shakeup coming

Maybe this week: "It's clearly past time for there to be some very substantial management changes at Metro," said Metro board Chairman Jim Graham, who is also a member of the D.C. Council. "We're going to change Metro, and it's going to happen very rapidly." ( Lena H. Sun and Joe Stephens)

This was Thursday, when Metro officials got a tongue lashing from Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), who can dish it out with the best of 'em: "They need a more vigorous and aggressive form of management at Metro," she said during a Senate hearing on transit oversight.

Mikulski didn't build up that head of steam overnight. On Nov. 9, she called on U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to investigate Metro's treatment of the Tri-State Oversight Committee, the regional panel that is supposed to oversee safety at Metro, but was denied access to the tracks for months. See story.

Denial of access to safety inspectors was a serious safety problem in itself, and it cast doubt on Metro management's commitment to safety. But it's far from the only thing that riders will be thinking of when they read about a shakeup.

Riders, put aside the revenge factor for a moment, and tell me what result you'd hope for out of a management shakeup at Metro. What's the actual, positive result you'd like to see in your own travels on rail, bus or MetroAcess transit?

If I were a new person in some top Metro post, I'd look at a list like this, pick one thing from it and announce, You're going to see this improvement by this date.

By Robert Thomson  |  December 11, 2009; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  Metro , transit  | Tags: Barbara Mikulski, Dr. Gridlock, Jim Graham, Metro management, Today's read  
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Catoe must be the first to go. If not Catoe, then we target Graham.

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | December 11, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

I think a shake up in the Metro Board is as crucial as a shake up in management.

DC,MD,& VA don't play nice together on most things and they definitely don't play well together when it comes to Metro. They are only focused on what is best for their citizens and either don't care about or can't look at the big picture issues. Until that is changed (and honestly I don't think it can or will ever change) Metro will never completely improve. It will continue to hobble along in its reactive response to everything.

Posted by: archers44 | December 11, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

A top to bottom review of the management structure to see who does what, who overlaps with whom and who can be moved and/or eliminated for starters.

Jumpstart the program that cleaned up the mretro rail stations so they don't seme so dark. It's not all that difficult to clean the lights, but it doesn't happen very often.

Put and agreement in writing that safety procedures will be approved by an outside panel and that WMATA will not interfere with their work again.

Posted by: EricS2 | December 11, 2009 9:55 AM | Report abuse

2009- "The Year The Subway was a challenge to use"
2009- the year I stopped braggin about Metro to the out of town relatives.

Posted by: Max231 | December 11, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Fire them all and have the Army run it.

Posted by: member5 | December 11, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Although they have problems, Metro does a lot with the limited funding it has. Maybe if MD,VA, and DC stopped penny pinching the system wouldn't be falling apart. They are still better than most subway systems in the states. They have cut hundreds of jobs, and now its time for cuts in service and fare increases. Be ready for more overcrowding. You can't blame Metro. Why don't we contact our Metro Board representatives and our folks on the hill to demand better funding. I understand funding has been held constant for at least five years while everything else continues to rise. How long before the roof caves in? I am more upset with the politicians. I still remember 9/11, who got us home? They stayed on the job even though they are not emergency personnel. I really appreciated that. I'm sure they had families to rush home to also.

Posted by: mvl803 | December 16, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

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