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Transit Expert Issues "Withering" Report On Metro

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By David Schultz

After a string of accidents and safety failures, Metro's board of directors commissioned David Gunn to do a full audit of the transit system. Gunn is a veteran of the transit industry who was once the General Manager of Metro in the early 90's.

This afternoon, Gunn gave the Board an oral summary of his yet-to-be released report. Chairman Peter Benjamin says he expected it would be frank.

"It was more than frank," Benjamin says. "It was withering."

Gunn says the system has a culture of "kill the messenger" that discourages the reporting of problems. He says this needs to change so workers can ask for help without fear.

Gunn also says Metro should consider scaling back subsidies for riders of MetroAccess, the para-transit service for people with disabilities. Gunn says the cost of these subsidies has grown more than 300 percent in the past decade.

Benjamin says Gunn will issue a full written report in a few weeks.

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