Mutual disdain split Metro board

February 1, 2016

Mutual disdain split Metro board: ‘You’ve got your head in the sand.’

To get a sense of the fractious relationship among Metro board members, one need only look back to a year ago when mutual disdain between old and new leaders boiled over after a tense meeting with D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser and other city officials.Website Insert Our Name Tells Our Story copy

Board members Mortimer L. Downey and Tom Downs had just sat through a blistering critique of how they had allowed the transit agency to slide into a deep financial hole.

Afterward, according to participants, Bowser’s newly named transportation director, Leif A. Dormsjo, told Downey and Downs what he thought of their record.

“You’ve got your head in the sand,” said Dormsjo, who was about to join the Metro board as an alternate member.

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