After the June 22 crash, we collected some quotes from local pols and players about what they were going to do about improving Metro. How are they doing?
Today, we have two articles, one in the Post about Catoe's "toughest test" and another on WTOP about how the union says it's getting screwed. They're full of amazing quotes!
Feast your eyes:
"We're having the heavens open, and all manner of demons have been unleashed."
--Metro Board CHAIRMAN Jim Graham on Metro's "bad luck" of late, as quoted by The Washington Post.
"Before you throw the pilot (Catoe) out of the plane, you've got to have evidence that says, 'Hey, your leadership is so flawed that it's contributing to the problems."
"This place has chewed up a lot of people. Catoe has restored a sense of firm control. He's gotten finances under control, put a tight rein on the staff, oriented the thing."
--Former congressman Tom Davis, a Northern Virginia Republican and a Metro critic who led efforts on Capitol Hill to obtain more federal funding. (Post)
"A lot of times, I feel like we're playing Whack-a-Mole. Every time something gets settled, something else pops up."
--Board member Jeff C. McKay (Post)
"Metro has reacted by attempting to scapegoat workers. Morale has never been as low, and the level of harassment as high."
Jackie Jeter, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689 on Metro's discipline "crackdown" as quoted by WTOP
"My members need to know that when they come to work they won't be disciplined unduly or lose their jobs because of this feeding frenzy Metro has unleashed."