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Maryland's Paul Wiedefeld works to turn around Washington's Metro

Maryland's Paul Wiedefeld works to turn around Washington's Metro

Paul J. Wiedefeld used to run BWI Marshall Airport. Then he oversaw Baltimore's bus and rail system. Then he ran BWI again.

Now he faces a tougher challenge.

On the heels of his ouster at BWI last summer, Wiedefeld was hired six months ago to reverse the sagging fortunes of Washington's once-proud Metro system — beset in recent years by fatal safety lapses and abysmal service. This month, he launched a repair plan that will mean a year of inconvenience and hardship for riders.

The final plan, which calls for work to begin June 4, was released Thursday. And on Friday, Wiedefeld fired 20 managers, part of a pledge to restructure the Washington Metropolitan Area...

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