- Associated Press - Saturday, May 21, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority says it has fired 20 managers, including many from the agency’s troubled subway operations.

Metro spokesman Dan Stessel tells The Washington Post the firings were immediately effective Friday. He says those dismissed were “at-will” employees, meaning they could be let go at the general manager’s discretion.

Television station WRC and radio station WTOP reported earlier Friday that General Manager Paul Wiedefeld announced the firings in an email to employees, describing the move as a step toward restructuring the agency. The message said more than one-third of the fired managers worked in subway operations.

The firings follow months of subway safety problems, service disruptions and financial woes.

Wiedefeld vowed to streamline the organization after he was hired in late November.

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