- The Washington Times - Friday, March 25, 2016

The top safety official at Metro resigned Friday, just nine days after the transit agency was forced to shut down rail service for a day for emergency repairs.

NBC4 reported that acting Chief Safety Officer Louis Brown will step down from his post on April 22 and Metro is already looking for his replacement. He had been in the position for six months, taking the helm after the previous chief safety officer, James Dougherty, resigned.

Metro’s subway service shut down last week for 24 hours to allow workers to inspect cables that have caused two fires over the past 14 months, including the fatal smoke incident at L’Enfant Plaza in January 2015 that left one passenger dead and at least 86 others injured.

Officials made the unprecedented decision to close Metro for a safety inspection one day after an early Monday cable fire near McPherson Square station hampered commutes on the Blue and Orange line trains.

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