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D.C. Metro General Manager announces his resignation

*Complete coverage of John B. Catoe Jr.'s resignation as the general manager of Metro*

Events of the last six months have created an unhealthy distraction, says General Manager John B. Catoe Jr.

catoe resigns (2).jpg Catoe talks with reporters after he announced resignation at Metro headquarters. (Thomson)

Says there was no pressure from the board to do this. He decided about a week ago.

Board didn't know this was coming. Convened closed session to hear from him. Mood in the meeting was somber. Board members were not eager to accept his resignation, but this apparently as not negotiable.

Catoe held a brief press conference in the middle of the board room. He seemed very emotional but under control. Asked about his achievements, he talked about Metro's performance during the inauguration and the opening of Nationals Park. People had questioned whether Metro could handle those crowds, but it did he noted. He expressed great pride in the organization.

By Robert Thomson  |  January 14, 2010; 1:12 PM ET
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Wow. He decided this before he talked to the local blogs yesterday?

Posted by: NotForYou1 | January 14, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Godspeed to his successor. Clearly when a system's had as many utter failures as the WMATA's had recently, top leadership has to go... that's just the downside of being a high executive. Your head's on the line.

But the problems plaguing the system run so much deeper than any one leader's ability to solve. May the next one bring a true culture of transparency and functionality to a cumbersome, drowning system!

Posted by: EtoilePB | January 14, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

I can't see how this is a good thing since Catoe was the most capable director the agency has had in a while. What person worth their salt is going to want this job, given the amount of backbiting and sturctural instability you have to deal with?

Posted by: EricS2 | January 14, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Can we get our money back?

Posted by: member5 | January 14, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance!

Posted by: justin032 | January 14, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

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