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Metro Caters to Tourists; Residents? Not So Much

by Borderstan.com — April 13, 2012 at 8:00 am 1 Comment

What’s in store this summer for Metro riders? (dracisk in the Borderstan Flickr pool)

By Michelle Lancaster. You can follow her and let her know your news on Twitter @MichLancaster. Email her at michellel[AT]borderstan.com.

Based on the Metro track work schedule, you could assume one of two things: if you are a pessimist, you would easily conclude that Metro decided to put its best foot forward for the throngs of tourist that escalefted, came to an abrupt stop at the top of the escalator and failed to tell their children not to sit on the floor in front of a Metro car door.

A less cynical commuter would argue that a Metro facing greater volumes of passengers wanted to quickly move those riders in and out of the system, rather than mire them in track work delays. But whether your illegal Metro beverage is half-full or half-empty, here’s the truth: if you rely on Metro, it’s going to be a very long, very slow and inconvenient summer.

Huffington Post brings a litany of unwelcome news:

  1. The Red Line will continue to experience track work, with buses replacing trains.
  2. Labor Day weekend is likely to be a hot mess, with the Yellow Line out of commission over the Potomac River bridge.
  3. Orange and Blue Lines will enjoy the dysfunction later in the fall.

But never fear, Metro points us to “free shuttle buses” and their trusty website with update alerts. Since I would prefer to have a free Metro ride when the system experiences a failure of epic proportions, or at least an apology instead of an excuse, pardon me for not applauding Metro’s free backup system.

Then again, perhaps the bar is low enough that simply having a back up plan, or plans that are being executed according to a schedule, can be considered a Metro win?

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Comments (1)

  1. Actually, Metro does a lousy job of taking care of tourists. Lots of other cities have tourist passes good on ALL public transportation within a certain area. Typically you can buy them at stations for one or more days. Metro offers no such thing.

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