Metro officials did not tell the transit agency's board for months about a consultant's report that is critical of the agency's subway construction management, several board members said yesterday, but they said they were not particularly upset.

"Certainly if the concern had been over serious problems, then I would have expected to have been apprised" of the report, said Mary Margaret Whipple of Arlington, chairman of the 12-member board. The board sets policy on construction, administration and operation of the bus and rail system.

The report by outside consultants, disclosed by The Washington Post on Tuesday, found a pattern of questionable management practices by Metro in rail construction in the mid-1980s. Those problems may have contributed to delays in opening the first Green Line stations in Northwest Washington.

Among other things, the report said that Metro put contractors in charge of monitoring their own work and failed to supervise the quality of the construction. Some work sites were unsafe and some building designs were incorrect, it said.

Board members and Metro General Manager Carmen E. Turner said the report generally was more positive than portrayed and that many of the problems mentioned have since been corrected.

The board fired the contractor building two Green Line stations in May and hired a new firm to fix parts of Seventh Street NW and U Street NW by next June, when the stations are scheduled to open.

"I'd put the management of this construction project up against any construction project anywhere in the United States," Turner said. "The whole {story} has a spin on it that's misguided and misleading."

Turner, who called board members before The Post story was published to alert them to the report, is especially sensitive to criticism right now because Metro is involved in delicate negotiations between Congress and the Bush administration over money to complete the planned 103-mile system.

Whipple and others interviewed said that reports monitoring construction usually go to the Metro staff, not the board. They said the staff has kept them informed of Green Line construction problems since last summer.

Matthew S. Watson, of the District, said, "I would have preferred to see {the report}, but was there anything in it that we didn't know about? Probably not."

"This is a board that relies very heavily on staff reports," said Frank Smith Jr., of the District.

At its regular meeting yesterday, the board also established a monthly parking fee of $45 at the 250-space lot at the Wheaton station on the Red Line, which is scheduled to open Sept. 22. The daily fee is $2.