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John Catoe resigns as Metro GM

Metro General Manager John B. Catoe Jr. is resigning as head of the transit agency, according to Jeff McKay, a member of the Metro board, which hires and fires the general manager. The resignation will take effect April 2, Catoe told members of the Metro board. Read more as it comes in.

By Jodi Westrick  |  January 14, 2010; 1:44 PM ET  | Category:  Local Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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You cannot blame it all on John Catoe. The system was a mess before he came onboard and dang, Jim Zorn was given more time to make make the Skins a winning time!!!

Posted by: OHREALLYNOW | January 14, 2010 2:36 PM

I agree, but if the board is going to tie the hands of the GM up from what I have read...who would want to work through that. The region as a whole benefits from what happens in the District. The board had better wake up soon to that reality.

Posted by: ebfc | January 15, 2010 10:27 AM

Metro needs more funding from the Fed,DC, VA & Md. Last year was the worst rail service I've experienced since Metro opened, and service doesn't appear to be getting better. This holiday-weekend, for example, I plan on doing some walking, becaue the Metro Station nearby, will be closed.If Metro's downturn is not Catoe's fault, then it's a unfortuneate coincidence.

Posted by: Max231 | January 15, 2010 2:31 PM

Mr. Catoe came in and raised the level of expectations of the entire region. You know, people sometimes just look at the negative issues that have transpired, but look at the positive like inauguaration, the new buses, a clean system, the increased reliability of the entire system as a whole. These are just to name a few.

Yes, there have been some major accidents occur, but no one can say that they are purely his fault. If that was the case he would have not been recognized as transit manager of the year just last year. He has to deal with the media which is to be expected in DC, an aged infrastructure, and lack of funding for day to day operations. All of which plays a major factor in running an organization.

Now we all can sit and point fingers and play the blame game, but as the old saying goes, "Rome wasn't built in a day." Metro issues did not happen over night. He was the GM for three years of the agency's 30 existence. He did the best he could with what he had. Now I do realize as a GM heavy is the head who wears the crown and ultimately that person no matter who it is will be held accountable and looked to for answers to address issues.

Posted by: MOEJONES8623 | January 16, 2010 1:14 PM

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