Tuesday, March 24, 2009
While we were certainly disappointed to read WTOP's article about how the Metro Board publicly backs Metro GM John Catoe, we're happy to see that at least the thought of him stepping down is in the public realm.
That almost every member of Metro's Board said they support him makes is really want to know what is discussed behind closed doors.
We were also flabbergasted by his salary, which is $326,000, as well as a $60,000 annual living allowance. In our view, even if Catoe was doing a good job, that would be an obscene amount of money. In light of Metro's poor performance, it's unconscionable. Even his offer to take a 3 percent pay cut in light of Metro's woes is an insult to us all.
Do you agree with the Board or do you think Metro's leadership should be passed torch to someone who goes beyond providing a clean façade to a fundamentally mismanaged and potentially rotten transit system? It might not solve all of Metro's problems, but it could be the first step in getting the real cleaning done.
Send an email to Lisa Farbstein, Metro's director of public relations, and let her know how you feel. You can also reach Metro's public affairs at 202-962-1051.
Or you could take your concerns directly to Jim Graham, the chairman of Metro's Board of Directors tomorrow during an online chat on GreaterGreaterWashington.
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