Metro fires operator, suspends workers
2:25 P.M. UPDATE: Metro on Monday terminated the bus operator who was arrested April 3 for soliciting an undercover DC police officer posing as a prostitute, one of a string of recent brushes with the law by Metro bus and contract paratransit drivers.
The driver, Shawn Todd, had been placed on leave after his arrest during the incident, which took place while he was on duty and driving the D12 bus to Southern Avenue. "He was fired," said Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein, who said Todd had not filed any grievance over his loss of employment.
Earlier this month Metro also suspended two employees without pay for violating standard procedures in a March 10 train derailment at Brentwood rail yard.
The train operator, who went though a red light in the yard, was suspended for 30 days, according to Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel. In addition, he said the interlocking operator, who is responsible for coordinating all train movements in the rail yard, was suspended for 10 days. Both were suspended on April 6; they had been on paid leave during the investigation of the incident.
-- Ann Scott Tyson
Shawn W. Todd had been on paid administrative leave since he was arrested in the early morning hours of April 3. Todd was driving a D12 bus to Southern Avenue when he allegedly pulled the bus over and offered the undercover officer $10 for sex.
Last week a MetroAccess driver was arrested for an alleged sexual assualt that took place in January, and Metro announced that a second MetroAccess driver had been fired in February in connection with another alleged sexual assault. A contractor provides MetroAccess transportation.
-- Lori Aratani
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