On June 25, in a Metro press release, GM John Catoe said "we have a safe system."
On July 1, in another press release, he said "the Metrorail system is as safe as it can be."
We asked Metro if anything was to be made of what seems to us a subtle but notable difference in wording, and this was their reply:
"Our system is safe, unfortunately, we cannot provide absolutes, no one can. We do everything practical to reduce risk. As far as we are concerned, when we say our system is 'safe' or 'as safe as it can be' both mean the same thing."
A few days later, in a July 5 column in the Washington Post--a big chance for him to reassure the public--Catoe doesn't give any sort of assessment of Metro's safety, instead, he resorts to sloganeering: "Safety is at the foundation of everything we do."
Is Catoe slowly backing away from his initial assessment of Metro?
What do you think?
Hold them to their words
No way to run a railroad
Who's looking over WMATA's shoulder?
Congratulations Mr. Catoe