“The safety decision applies to everything, not just car commuters but also our commuter rail, our metro, our bus and our pedestrians. So we do look at all of those factors,” Berry said.
In hindsight, Berry added that he would have let feds leave three hours earlier — instead of two hours earlier — last Wednesday, Jan. 26. The snow came down much heavier and faster than he expected, Berry said.
Ultimately, the decision is based on “probability and a lot of luck,” he said.
Berry also acknowledged the public animosity toward federal employees, and how an announcement of an early dismissal, delay or closing could feed into that sentiment.
“These are not decisions made in a knee-jerk or light fashion,” Berry said.