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Share your thoughts on the departure of D.C. Metro chief John Catoe Jr. and the agency's future

Metro General Manager John B. Catoe Jr. announced on Thursday his plans to retire April 2. The transit agency, which faces massive budget deficits, deteriorating infrastructure and intense federal scrutiny, now must find a new chief executive.

Metro columnist Robert McCartney says a fractured governining board and the need to invest billions in the aging system are two of the challenges the transit agency's faces beyond finding a new leader. And an editorial in The Washington Post describes the confluence of events as "a real crisis for the 34-year-old transit system."

Share your thoughts about Catoe's departure and what steps Metro needs to take going our discussion forum Taken for a Ride.

You can also vote in a poll about whether Catoe's resignation is the right move or listen to an excerpt of a June 8 interview Catoe had with Washington Post staff writer Lena H. Sun about the troubles facing the agency and its future.

By Michael Bolden  |  January 15, 2010; 10:24 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Metro  | Tags: Catoe, Metro, Metro safety  
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I've always felt that part of the problem with this Chief, as with his predecessors, is that they are not regular Metro customers. Honestly, this should be part of the job description for all of the Metro board. Whoever comes on next, I hope he takes public transit as part of his commute as well as makes a point to ride different bus routes and train lines during different times. This would not only give him a real look at why we Metro commuters are griping, but also could allow for surprise inspections and user input. Maybe then they'll understand why we don't want more fare increases.

Posted by: DCCubefarm | January 15, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

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