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Friday, June 11, 2010

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COG names three more to Metro panel

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments has named three additional members to a joint task force it set up with the Greater Washington Board of Trade to review Metro's governing structure.

COG Chair and D.C. Council member Kwame Brown appointed Prince George's County Council Vice Chairman Andrea Harrison, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Penelope Gross and himself to join the group, as part of an effort to put current area officials on the task force, according to a COG news release.

In addition to the three, the task force includes seven former elected and appointed officials. The first meeting of the task force is scheduled Friday at 8:30 am.

-- Ann Scott Tyson

Bus driver offered station manager job

A Metro bus driver who filed a grievance and got his job back after being fired for his role in a fatal crash in 2008 has been offered a job as a station manager, said Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein.

Metro seeks to place Ronald Taylor, who was driving the bus that struck a taxi Sept. 26, 2008, killing a father of two, in station manager training, said Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein, citing safety concerns.

Taylor was not charged or cited for any traffic violation, but Metro terminated him Oct. 10, 2008, after an internal investigation found that he had violated Metro bus rules on defensive driving and had run a red light. Taylor filed a grievance and an arbitrator decided that the eye-witness account that Taylor had run a red light was not credible. He awarded Taylor, who is currently on paid administrative leave, full back pay.

-- Ann Scott Tyson


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