Metro urged to speed search for leader

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - — Paul Dug­gan

Vir­ginia’s trans­porta­tion sec­re­tary ap­pears to be run­ning out of pa­tience with Metro’s pro­tracted search for a gen­eral manager, telling the tran­sit agency in a let­ter that he is “greatly con­cerned” about how long the process is tak­ing, and warn­ing, “Con­tin­ued in­ac­tion on this mat­ter is un­ac­cept­able.”

“It is im­per­a­tive that the sys­tem have a per­ma­nent Gen­eral Manager at the helm to ad­dress the crit­i­cal safety, man­age­ment and op­er­a­tional is­sues of the agency,” Aubrey Layne said in his let­ter to Mor­timer L. Downey, chair­man of Metro’s board of di­rec­tors.

“In the cur­rent en­vi­ron­ment in which WMATA finds it­self strug­gling on so many fronts, in­clud­ing in the court of public opin­ion, it is im­por­tant that the agency take vis­i­ble steps for­ward to­ward se­cur­ing the ser­vices of a per­ma­nent Gen­eral Manager,” Layne wrote.

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