WMATA General Manager John Catoe just announced that he will resign effective April 2nd.

The Washington Post reports that he cited the events of the last six months as an “unhealthy distraction”. Metro’s press release includes links to letters to the Board and employees.

Yesterday’s blogger roundtable had been briefly canceled, and we were told Mr. Catoe was sick; he then recovered and the roundtable was back on. Metro public relations staff insist that they weren’t making that up and in fact didn’t know about his resignation. It’s possible Catoe told his staff he was sick as he was making the decision (and feeling sick about it), or perhaps he really was sick.

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David Alpert is Founder and President of Greater Greater Washington and Executive Director of DC Surface Transit. He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle. Unless otherwise noted, opinions here are his and not the official views of GGWash or DCST.