Dupont Metro Mess


@JDuszakDC tweets us around 9:15am:

“Dupont metro disaster. Manager not letting anyone into station.”

@metrorailinfo tweets:

“Red Line: Expect residual delays to Glenmont due to an earlier train malfunction at Dupont Circle.”

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  • And who Metro will blame this time? The freezing cold? The rain?

  • justinbc

    So glad that I rarely have to ever use the red line. It seems like 9 out of 10 issues I see reported are on that one.

  • ahhhh so glad i dont ride metro trains anymore 🙂

    • Me too! I moved to DC in 2003, when the Red Line was the pinnacle of the system. Wow has a lot changed in ten years!

      • No kidding! When I moved to DC ten years ago I was so excited to ditch my car and use Metro to get around. That lasted maybe two years, and then I started driving to work again. Reliability had gone down quite noticeably, and I couldn’t afford to gamble on being late to work. You cannot expect the region to give up their cars and rely solely on public transportation if it is not far more reliable than it is today.

  • The Post is quoting Dan Stessel as saying, “It’s just another Monday.” Wow. Metro actually doesn’t care about being a failure. All the rubes will just have to deal with it. So glad- and grateful- I bike/walk to work nowadays.

    • Dan Stessel needs to go. 90% of Metro’s image problems could be solved by a better PR person who understands that the first step of being a good PR person is to acknowledge problems and frustrations are real, THEN to say something non-committal about fixing them.

      • I don’t even think it’s Dan Stessel’s fault. They’re not setting their comms policies in a vacuum; it requires signoff and approval from higher levels. I picture him pleading to his bosses “well, isn’t there *something* we can tell them about today’s problems?” And them replying “no, just feed them the usual bullshit about it being a typical day.”

        And to be clear, spokespeople are not necessarily the same ones in the PR shop who craft the message and the campaigns. They’re just the poor unfortunate souls who have to try and sell them.

  • The rain woke me up at 6am and I was already dreading the commute (I had to bring a suitcase today, traveling to NYC this evening for a business trip).
    So glad I found a Car2Go next to my apartment building. Drove to work in less than 10 minutes at 6:40am! 🙂

  • These metro issues always seem to happen late in the morning, usually after 8:30/9 AM. What M-F job doesn’t require you to actually be at work at or before 9 AM? Stop sleeping in & start heading to work earlier, not only will you get more done but you’re more likely to avoid these delays.

    • Quite a few. I’ve always had a 10a start.

    • Most government jobs have “core hours” by which the latest you can start is 9:30. I don’t know what makes you think that getting to work earlier results in “getting more done”; I find I am at my most productive in the late afternoon. An eight-hour workday is an eight-hour workday… getting in earlier does not make you more virtuous.

    • None of my jobs have ever had official start times. People get into the office anywhere between 7 am and 10:30 am, and stay as long as needed to get the work done. This is pretty normal in DC.

    • If you live downtown (ie Dupont) and you work downtown (ie Union Station) then getting to the metro at 8:40 is right about the perfect time to stroll into the office at about 8:55 most days.

    • This seems pretty prescriptive. Your experience =/= everyone else’s experience.

      • Not to mention that making more people use the Metro in a shorter period of time will actually just make things worse and more crowded for everyone.

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