WMATA: Transit Agency Selects Interim General Manager from New Jersey Transit

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) is seemingly prepared to select Richard Sarles, a former chief of New Jersey Transit (NJT), to become the interim General Manager. It is said that he is being selected for his record on safety, but running Metro will require much more than that, even though it is important.

The reader must remember that the state of New Jersey paid for whatever Mr. Sarles proposed. How will his safety proposals for Metro be paid for? Moreover, NJT runs commuter trains like Maryland’s MARC. How will that transfer to a subway system?

Without taking care of the funding issue and the capital structure of the Metro system, all that the Metro Board of Directors will be doing is removing the albatross from Mr. Catoe and tranferring it (on an interim basis) to Mr. Sarles.