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The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) named Paul Wiedefeld general manager and chief executive officer, bringing the agency's months-long search for a new leader to a close.The D.C.-area transit agency had been looking for a new CEO since Richard Sarles retired in January. News of Wiedefeld's appointment follows Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx's earlier calls for the agency to immediately hire a "capable general manager."The agency's board is set to formally appoint him at its Nov. 19 meeting, WMATA officials said in a news release.