Metro’s gm Paul Wiedefeld told employees inside a memo the jobs he’s getting rid of “aren’t considered important to Metro’s business interests.” Most of them were vacant positions.

The battling transit agency that serves the country’s capital is cutting 500 jobs to save cash.

Metro is in the middle of a 9-month maintenance blitz to enhance safety and reliability, which requires segments of track to become shut lower for days at any given time.

Wiedefeld also fired 20 managers recently. He introduced the most recent cuts on Monday, within 24 hours smoke from the smoldering secure in the Gallery Place station sent one individual towards the hospital.

The machine has 13,000 employees. Their union’s statement stated “financial responsibility could be accomplished without excessive injury to Metro’s workforce.”

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