We wanted to know if and how WMATA plans to address sexual harassment on the DC trains and buses. So we asked during their “Metro LunchTalk Online” with General Manager John Catoe.
Us: We have heard multiple sexual harassment stories occurring on the Metro trains and buses. Check out http:hollabackdc.wordpress.com for more information. Does WMATA have any plans to raise awareness about this problem?
Reply: Hello Washington. It is Metro’s goal to operate our buses and trains in a manner that is free from all forms of harassment. There are postings at each of our employee locations that expound on our sexual harassment policy and clearly state that sexual harassment is illegal, discriminatory, and prohibited. In regards to our employees, we deeply regret if anyone has made remarks or gestures which were deemed inappropriate. Please acquire their names, date and time of the incident and report it to our customer service department at 202-637-1328, and the matter will be investigated. Obviously we have less control at the general public level. However, any actions that are believed to be inappropriate should be reported to Metro employees, the phone number listed above, Metro Transit Police or to the local municipality police where the incident occurred.