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Metro says this train operator, who was caught on his cell phone while behind the controls, no longer works for the transit agency. (Credit: Unsuck DC Metro)

Metro says this train operator, who was caught on his cell phone while behind the controls, no longer works for the transit agency. (Credit: Unsuck DC Metro)

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – A Metro train operator who was photographed using his cell phone while behind the controls is no longer employed by Metro, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority said Friday.

The photo shows a train operator looking at his phone in his left hand while his right hand is on the train’s controls. It was first posted on the blog Unsuck DC Metro.

It is unclear when the photo was taken, but Metro officials said Friday that the man in the photo hasn’t worked for the transit agency since March 27.

Metro spokesman Dan Stessel didn’t say the employee was fired but told NBC4 that “I can say that he no longer works here.”

Metro has had a zero tolerance policy on the use of electronic devices while working in place since 2009.

A total of nine Metro employees were fired last year for violating the cell phone policy while on the job, according to NBC4.

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