Online Petition Seeks End of the Catoe Era

Petition questions Metro GM's ability to run safe transit agency

WASHINGTON -- More than 100 people have signed an online petition asking for the removal of John Catoe as Metro's general manager after a summer of tragedy and controversy.

The petition claims Catoe has not done enough to make safety a priority in the wake of the June train collision that killed nine and injured dozens.

The petition says current management can't safely run the system and asks for a manager with "the proper experience managing complex, safety-oriented organizations."

Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein responded by telling WUSA that the petition isn't worth a response.

When asked about his future, Catoe has said he's focusing on the crash investigation.

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