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Loose Lips Quotes of 2009: John Catoe

"I truly believe Metro is a safe system."

John Catoe, Metro general manager, June 22

Forget Marion Barry. Forget Jim Graham. Did any public official in this town have a worse year than Catoe? When one Red Line train rammed into another near Fort Totten during the evening rush hour on June 22, Metro's chief executive was thrust into maintaining public confidence in an aging transit system that had just killed eight of its riders, plus a train operator. In the hours after the tragedy, he uttered the line above, but headlines over subsequent months exposed it as PR masquerading as an expert assessment. Three workers were killed while on the job during 2009. Metro executives barred safety inspectors from a little known oversight body for months. A November yard crash caused tens of millions of dollars in damage. Meanwhile, a record number of suicides plagued Metro tracks. By year's end, Catoe responded by ditching five members of his senior management team. Calls for his own head persist, but Catoe retains the confidence of WMATA board members, who are damn well convinced they couldn't find anyone better who’d be willing to take the job.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

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  • Angry Al Gonzales

    Catoe = Napolitano = Bernacke = Geithner = McChrystal = Rummy = Brownie. Incompetent assholes are running modern America, & getting promoted to even more critical jobs.

    Good luck you dumb cocksuckers.

  • Wassup

    When can we expect Jim "Taxi Cash" "AIDS Grift" Graham to be arrested?

    "Calls for his own head persist, but Catoe retains the confidence of WMATA board members, who are damn well convinced they couldn't find anyone better who’d be willing to take the job."

    Damned straight they couldn't, they couldn't find the rest room unless the way was marked with brown baggies filled with cash. What else would you expect from a board chaired by a career grifter?

    We shouldn't even be discussing John Catoe. He should be long gone. I simply don't believe that the Metro system isn't awash in cash and it is pretty clear what that means where Jim "Taxi Cash" "AIDS Grift" Graham is concerned. Sit in just one car on Metro, count the passengers, do the math! Where is all that money going on a system that has been built for 30 years? Into somebody's pocket that is where and they are all in on it. It is small wonder that the most corrupt ppublic figure in DC is at the head.

    By way of year end wrap up what is the status of the Loza plea deal and when can we expect Jim Graham to finally be arrested? That would be the best start to fixing Metro.

  • Rick Mangus

    'Angry Al Gonzales' I seldom agree with you but this time you are totally RIGHT! We as a society are a bunch of sheep going into the slaughter house. We stand by and accept everything, what happen to challenging authority?

    We keep electing the same criminals and dumb asses back into office, i.e. Missy Graham, Marion (Krakatoa) Barry we accept bull shit from John Catoe and others that have a direct impact on our lives, WHY?

    We are truly doom unless we take control of our lives again!

  • noodlez

    HEY CATOE!

    TAKE YOUR HAT, YOUR COAT AND LEAVE MUTHA FUCKER!

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