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WMATA Slammed for Not Listening to Public
ATU Local 689 president Jackie Jeter strongly criticized the WMATA board at their meeting yesterday, saying the board “is not interested in hearing what the public has to say about the budget,” pointing out that the public list for speakers was closed and the speaking time too limited. Read more here.
Statement on the “Hot Soup” Assault On a Metro Bus Operator Sunday
A Metro Bus operator was assaulted by a fare-evading passenger who threw hot soup on him while exiting the 96 bus near Union Station on Sunday morning. The operator was taken to the hospital where he was treated for minor injuries, including first degree burns, and was released.
At a time that the WMATA board is considering fare hikes, drastic service cuts and devastating layoffs, the priority of Metro leadership should be increasing police presence to promote safety and fight fare evasion. Additionally, the Board should be committed to improving the reliability of service, not cutting it.