As part of my regular podcast routine, I got to the Freakonomics podcast and it was on one of my favorite topics: mass transit/public transportation. I’ve always thought intuitively that mass transit/public transportation is better for the environment. I never really thought about it aside from a cost standpoint (where the DC area subway system [...]
So I missed my transfer at metro center today, and while waiting on the platform and backtracking, I thought of a little metro song. I don’t know why, but Willie Nelson’s On the Road Again popped into my head. for those of you who don’t know it, here it is for your listening pleasure: but [...]
No Storm Troopers allowed at the center door. I like these stickers, kind of want some to put on more doors.
As you may have heard, we had an earthquake occur yesterday afternoon. The epicenter was in Mineral, VA, and reached a magnitude of 5.8. Most people were at work were running out the door, but it turns out that wasn’t the best idea according to FEMA. I ended up half-crouching under my desk as I [...]
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Understandably, large companies don’t want their skeletons in the closet revealed to the world. however in the case of the WMATA, their skeletons seem to be bursting at the seams, culminating with the 2009 red line crash that killed 8 passengers and 1 driver. Although it has been two years since the incident, WMATA doesn’t [...]
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There have been a lot of talk recently about WMATA proposing cuts in weekend late night service. As reported by Greater Greater Washington and Beyond DC, and Unsuck, there is significant debate over the proposal. In short, Metro would cut subway service at midnight on friday and saturday nights.
I think the disparity between organization leaders and the consumers that use the organization services could not be more apparent than with the WMATA. Here is my take on urban, public transportation: – it should be affordable for most people (not including those who are high-earners) – it should have a large enough network to [...]
It is no surprise that Metro is still in the red. Funding is still a huge problem and it doesn’t look like we subway commuters are going to get any reprieve anytime this year. It seems after reading commentary after commentary on the upcoming WMATA fare hikes, that they all revolve around Metro not having [...]
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When the notification doesn’t affect me, I find the emails from Alert DC kind of amusing. They are so simple and direct, to the point where it may not actually be useful information. for instance. this morning I received the following email: Police activity in the Pentagon Metro Station. The station is closed at this [...]
I like to read up on local blogs, especially when it comes to the subway – staying abreast of information and news helps me be more aware of what goes on while I’m at the station. It seems like when it comes to the subway system, bloggers are more accurate and forthcoming than WMATA is [...]