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WMATA to rename training facility after first female, African American general manager

On Jan. 16, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) passed a resolution to rename the Pennsy Drive Maintenance and Training Facility the Carmen E. Turner Maintenance and Training Facility in honor of the late Carmen E. Turner, who was WMATA's first African American and female general manager. Turner also was the authority's fourth GM, serving from 1983 to 1990.

WMATA purchased the 647,000-square foot building three years ago for $19.5 million. The authority uses the facility to train operational, bus-maintenance and safety workers, as well as Metro Transit Police officers.

WMATA plans to schedule an official renaming ceremony at the facility.

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