So in my mind, I felt that DC metro has become a hotter topic of late. It seems like everyday the news reports that Metro escalators are slingshotting people, ipods are getting stolen, or politicians are trying to ignore the malfunctioning elephant in the room, which is easy to do since they don’t actually ride the metro. But then I wanted to proof. I wanted to see whether Metro was really that newsworthy, or I was just surrounded by people that constantly complain. After taking 30 minutes to search February headlines, the results are in. And, well, Jesus WMATA:
Feb 8 – DC Metro escalators just cleverly disguised “surprise stairs”
Feb 10 – Metro Board Floats Idea of Ending Weekend Late-Night Service
Feb 11 – House Republicans propose deep cuts to Metro budgets
Feb 14 – Metro equipment found at worker’s home
Feb 18 – Metro Grade: How dirty is Metro, and does it matter?
Feb 19 - Escalator falls apart at Foggy Bottom Station
Feb 22 – McDonnell treads carefully on Metro funding
Feb 23 – Metro Explores Corporate Sponsorships
Feb 23 – Electronic Device Theft Problem On Metro
Feb 24 - Serious crime on Metro hits 5-year high
Mar 3 – D.C. ACLU Preparing to Sue Over Metro Bag Searches
Mar 4 – Congress could cut Millions from Metro and MARC budgets
Yeah. So in one month Metro has succeeded to be broken, broke, dirty, dangerous and discriminatory (allegedly). It’s customers and employees both steal things. Republicans and Democrats, both local and national, are united in not wanting to give it more money. It’s broken escalators terrify old people, it’s new proposed service cuts terrify the young. I doubt corporate america will touch it. And, lest we forget, last November this happened:
The Los Angeles times reported on this accident last week. Yes beloved reader(s), WMATA dysfunction has gone Hollywood. I am not sure what will happen in the coming months, but from one SPY, in one google search, conducted in one hour, it doesn’t look good.
Oh, and the metro will be awful this weekend. From 10 p.m. Friday through midnight Sunday, the Orange Line between Stadium-Armory and New Carrollton will be closed. There will also be no Blue Line service between Stadium-Armory and Benning Road. The Washington Post reports that there are no good bus or train alternative to the free shuttles. Details here.