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.
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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