Ford says he’s focused on SFMTA despite DC Metro rumors

Despite being rumored among a list of candidates for the general manager position at Washington, D.C.’s Metro system, Muni chief Nathaniel Ford insisted his focus remains on transit issues in The City.

A Washington, D.C., radio station reported yesterday that Ford was among a list of 20 candidates for the top position at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, one of the nation’s oldest and most-used transit systems.

Ford said he found out about his candidacy through news stories, and hasn’t been contacted by any Metro officials.

“Apparently, they’re in the midst of doing a national or international search for a new general manager,” Ford said. “I have not had any discussions with Metro officials about the position, and so that’s where that stands. There’s not much to say.”

Ford, who called D.C. Metro one of the premier agencies in the country, said his top priority remains with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

“My focus is on the MTA and its short-term and long-term future,” he said.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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