Rep. Comstock on Metro’s Elimination of 500 Non-Essential, Non-Safety Positons

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Congresswoman Barbara Comstock

Congresswoman Barbara Comstock

Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA) released the following statement after Metro’s General Manager Paul Wiedefeld announced the elimination of 500 positions that have been deemed non-essential, not critical to the overall safety mission, or are vacant:

“I am glad to see Metro’s General Manager Paul Wiedefeld take this action to cut these duplicative, non-essential, and vacant positions.  This is a start – but we also need to cut wasteful positions that are currently filled but unnecessary to the core mission.  Metro resources must focus first on creating a safety culture and providing a customer-oriented system that provides on-time and reliable service for its riders.  As the new General Manager has said, Metro is doing less with more money.  That needs to be reversed.  Metro currently has costs that far exceed comparable systems in cities like New York, San Francisco, and Chicago while performance is well below average.  This is another step in the right direction in terms of fundamental change to Metro.”

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