WAMU 88.5 : Metro Connection

From A to B: Cleaning Up Metro's Act

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New Metro board members, clockwise, beginning in the upper left: Kathy Porter, Mary Hynes, Tommy Wells and Tom Downs. More new members have are awaiting confirmation.
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New Metro board members, clockwise, beginning in the upper left: Kathy Porter, Mary Hynes, Tommy Wells and Tom Downs. More new members have are awaiting confirmation.

After an end-of-the-year shake-up in management, many higher-ups at Metro are trying to clean up the transit agency's act. Transportation reporter David Schultz speaks with Rebecca Sheir about efforts to improve Metro's service and image.

[Music: "Blue Train" by John Coltrane from Blue Train]

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