Metro Official Returns to Job After Post-Crash Transfer

Wednesday, July 29, 2009; 9:37 AM

A senior Metro official who oversees automatic train control has returned to his job, nearly five weeks after he was transferred in the wake of the Red Line crash, Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel said Tuesday.

Matthew L. Matyuf, the superintendent of Metro's Automatic Train Control system, had been assigned to an unspecified special project because federal investigators were examining some work he supervised. Taubenkibel said the decision was a precaution to "preserve and protect the integrity" of the crash investigation.

While the search into the cause of the accident that killed nine and injured 80 continues, Taubenkibel said the agency "deemed it appropriate" for Matyuf to return to his normal job. So, on Monday afternoon, he did.

Matyuf was never implicated as having done something wrong, Taubenkibel stressed, adding that officials have the "utmost confidence in him and his abilities to do his job."

Matyuf did not return a message left at his Loudoun County home.

-- James Hohmann

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