- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The board of directors of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has recruited former New Jersey Transit chief Richard Sarles to become the agency’s interim general manager.

Metro Chairman Peter Benjamin said the board hopes to appoint Mr. Sarles on Thursday for the next six to 12 months.

Metro chief John B. Catoe Jr. announced in January that he will resign April 2. The interim general manager will face critical budget and safety issues.

Mr. Benjamin said the board was looking for an aggressive leader who knows transit and could step right into the job. He said they didn’t want a caretaker to fill the interim post because there are many issues to tackle.

Mr. Sarles headed New Jersey Transit from 2007 until January, when a new governor took office and appointed a new transit executive. He spent 20 years at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

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