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House to hold Metro safety hearing

[This post has been updated]

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform plans to hold a hearing Wednesday on Metro "to examine the challenges [the agency] faces as it transitions under new leadership," according to a statement.

Issues on the agenda include Metro safety and service in the wake of a string of accidents and safety lapses over the past 10 months; the budget deficits facing the transit agency; and the search for a permanent general manager to replace John B. Catoe Jr., who resigned effective April 2.

The hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. in Room 2154 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The room will open to the public at 9:45 a.m. A webcast of the hearing will be available on the committee's Web site.

Witnesses scheduled to testify include:

-- Peter M. Rogoff, administrator of the Federal Transit Administration
-- Richard Sarles, Metro's interim general manager
-- Peter Benjamin, chairman of Metro's board of directors
-- Matt Bassett, chairman of the Tri-State Oversight Committee, the body that oversees Metro safety, which has been largely criticized as being weak and ineffective
-- Jackie Jeter, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689, which represents most Metro workers.
-- David Alpert, vice chair of the Metro Rider Advisory Council (Alpert is also founder and editor of the blog Greater Greater Washington)

By Michael Bolden  |  April 20, 2010; 7:59 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Metro , Transportation Politics  
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