Heads Up – Metro starting to actively enforce no drinking/eating on trains and platforms


Thanks to a reader for sending the heads up:

“just a warning that Metro is starting to issue tickets for drinking in stations and on trains as part of a “new initiative”, according to the Metro Transit police officer. I was ticketed this morning (luckily just a warning) at Gallery Place for drinking coffee on the platform.”

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  • They’re just trying to raise that $250 million they asked the government for, after the government took away some funding when Metro was caught trying to defraud them.

    • Or maybe your just a cynic about everything? This is the law on the DC metro and ALWAYS HAS BEEN. Please, I’d really like to see how issuing warnings is going to cover metros shortfall. Please show your work.

    • Finally enforcing their own laws…. good for them. I for one am disgusted by the nasty people around me eating, dropping their mess all over, and sipping on big coffees – come on people. What till you get to the office.

      First time the train slams on the brakes and your hot coffee flies in everyone’s face burning them, you’ll be happy all you got was a warning..

      Whatever the reason. Bravo.

  • Great..instead of reducing prices and being more efficient they are ticketing coffee. What exactly are we supposed to do while we wait 20 minutes to get into jammed cars?

    • If you’re drinking coffee on my crowded train, there are words that I’m going to be polite and not use, but having been spilled on multiple times, I can say, it’s not comfortable or considerate.

      I’m glad they’re finally enforcing this.

    • Read a book, play with your phone, or listen to music/podcasts (just like every other person on the platform)?

    • Actually, if you think you’re going to be waiting a long time, drinking coffee is probably the last thing you should be doing since bathrooms are not readily accessible in metro stations. And if you think you’re going to be getting into a jammed car, having open food or drink seems fairly inconsiderate to your fellow passengers.

    • You do realize that your coffee is the first thing that’s going to go flying when the train jerks to a stop, right? Don’t put everyone near you at risk of burning and/or stains for your convenience.

    • The same thing people have been doing on the metro since the day it opened. This is not a new rule. If you don’t know it, you must be blind/deaf.

  • Glad for you that it was just a warning, but I’m happy that this is happening! I just hope that those issuing the citations realize the difference between drinking/eating and just carrying a beverage or food… Also, I think that the no eating/drinking rules apply to platforms, trains, elevators, and escalators.

    • Yeah, you’re not allowed to carry a beverage on the train. That includes coffee. I’m sick of seeing people teetering beside me on a crowded train with their Starbucks about 2 inches from being all over the front of me or them when the train grinds to a halt unexpectedly.

      No food. No drink. Period.

      • Incorrect. The rule is no eating or drinking (verbs). Carrying coffee is ok.

        Although that may not stop a metro transit cop with a quota.

        • Yeah, I seem to remember the “put a lid on it” ads (the bus seat doesn’t need the caffeine like you do) encouraging people carrying coffee to use lidded receptacles. On the rare occasions I have carried coffee on the metro to school or work (99% of the time I drink it at home) I use a tightly lidded plastic/metal thermos.

        • So, the Starbucks coffees that have a lid with an opening to drink are okay? Certainly not when the person is drinking out of it. A lid does not mean a big opening to drink out of that can spill. Defeats the purpose of the regulation.

      • Didn’t there used to be a metro ad saying that if you bring a beverage, put a lid on it? It had a picture of a to-go coffee cup with a plastic lid. I assumed that meant drinks were OK as long as they had lids.

        • This has always been my understanding.

        • It is against the law to eat or drink on metro. If you haven’t seen the signs at every entrance and the constant announcements, you are not a very observant person.

          • OP meant that carrying a beverage w/o drinking was ok, which I believe it is. Don’t be a condescending prick.

          • I think JoeyDC must have gotten out on the wrong side of the bed Wednesday afternoon — he posted several cranky comments within a fairly short time period.

    • Coffee/beverages with lids on them that are not being consumed are okay.
      Best practice: bring your own cup and before you enter the metro system drink enough that there is an extra 1-2 inches between the coffee line and lid. That, plus a tight-sealing lid will ensure your coffee/beverage stays within its container. Even my good travel mug with a tight lid will leak a bit if the train lurches, that’s why you need the extra space to avoid spillage. Respect your fellow passengers!

  • Yah – a “new initiative” to increase revenue…

    • Actually, this is against the law. If you think this will even pay for the officers who are enforcing the law you are dreaming. No, actually, self-entitled.

      • You’re failing to miss the point, which is that the law has never been enforced before. Everyone understands that it’s the rule. However, the point being made is that WMATA is starting to actively enforce the rule.

        • *failing to get the point

        • You claim to be a “DC native” (greetings, what tribe?) but you so quickly forget the national news that metro got approx. 12 years ago when they arrested a girl (minor) for eating french fries on the metro.

  • Maybe they could also actively try to get their trains to run so they don’t break down every single day, and maybe take some responsibility for their actions or lack thereof. It’s absolutely shameful how poorly metro is run.

    • They ARE actively trying to do this — hence the dreaded weekend track work on a 40 year old system.

      • Hahah. Yeah sure they are. I’ve lived here for 4 years and the system has gotten markedly worse every single year, all while the prices go up.
        If anyone at metro had the competence or will to make it better they would have done it by now.

        • I’ve lived here since before the system was built. And I get that the combination of deferred maintenance and increased usage creates strain. But I can appreciate your perspective. I enjoy it when people with relatively limited experience make gross generalizations that are unsupported by any specific data. It makes the internet interesting!

          • The specific data I’m referring to is the performance data released quarterly by metro itself. Data that pretty clearly shows headways between trains, at all times of the day, increasing yearly, as well as breakdowns and stoppages. But thanks for the smarmy answer. You’d think I’m the only one who would have the tenacity to complain about metro in this city. It’s kind of a common thing. Do you have any ” specific data” indicating that I should be happy with what dc has and to shut my gentrifier mouth?

          • Living here “since the system was built” doesn’t mean you can state unequivocally that the system isn’t that bad and that the poster’s four years living here discredits him from an opinion. I’ve lived here for over 11 years, and I can safely say Metro is indeed going down the tubes year after year. When I compare what it was like in 02/03, and what it is like now- wow. Huge difference. Indeed, the guy living here for four years probably doesn’t even know it was a lot better before the ’09 accident. Metro is run by idiots. It is well-documented that they have a host of problems, from stupid/criminal personnel to inefficient repairs, theft, etc. The list goes on and on and on….

          • Anonymous 4:11 Please point out where I “stated unequivocally that the system isn’t bad”. I didn’t . Although I did respond to what I view as a generalization by 3:16 without quoting any states to back it up. My point about living here since before the system was built was to indicate that my viewpoint and perhaps my expectations are coming from a very different context from those of someone who has only been dealing with Metro for four years. But don’t let that get in the way of your diatribe. I didn’t call anyone out as a “gentrifier” or suggest that anyone be “happy with what DC has”. I certainly didn’t — and wouldn’t — suggest that anyone shut their mouths. This is a forum. People are supposed to run their mouths. Thanks for providing the info re: performance data though. That sort of information can be quite helpful.

          • Anonymous at 3:31, you were specifically shutting down the guy’s “generalizations” as you call them. I have lived here long enough to know that what he says is accurate and matches what I have both read and experienced firsthand. The guy didn’t deserve to be shot down for only living here for 4 years.

          • Deferred maintenance is almost always a bad idea. (Unless a system, building, whatever, is going to be torn down.) An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Assuming Metro has deferred maintenance, that would seem to back up the idea that it is poorly managed.

          • “Assuming Metro has deferred maintenance, that would seem to back up the idea that it is poorly managed.”
            @Anon 5:19 – Actually a better interpretation is that it would back up the idea that it *was* poorly managed, especially since all indicators are that they currently are working on said deferred maintenance.

        • Wow, four years huh? You must be an expert.

    • Exactly. So let’s enforce the no eating no drinking rule. Fat slobs who eat their junk food and sugary Starbucks milk products all day will benefit the most.

  • Good.

  • This is great. Food and drinks have been prohibited from Metro for as long as I’ve lived in the District (15 yrs), but with the very public exception of a woman getting arrested for eating a candy bar, Metro has never enforced these rules. I hope they also crack down on people playing music without headphones, because that’s another rule that is poorly enforced.

    • THIS. I find listening to music on speakerphone or some portable to speaker to be incredibly selfish. Usually I just stare at the people who do this and hate them with my whole body – it doesn’t get them to stop, but that’s the only coping mechanism I seem to have. I’m also worried that if I saw anything, I’ll get a little more of a response than I bargained for.

    • I agree! Even if it is music I like, I DO NOT want to hear blasting through your headphones or speakerphone (or boombox…I’ve seen it!). It’s so selfish, but like Anon 3:02 says, I will never speak up because I’m pretty sure I WOULD get more of a response than I bargained for…

    • YES!!! X !1 Million. I can’t even ride metro anymore. I honestly got a bike share membership because I can’t take listening to 3 peoples terrible, all treble ear buds.
      As for the food thing i think it’s much much worse on the trains than on the platforms. Sometimes the trains are just littered with chips, wrappers, etc. which is disheartening because cleanliness was the only thing metro had going for it for a while.

  • one of the worst parts about dc public transit after living in cities like boston and nyc. i guess i’ll continue to ride my unlicensed dirt bike to work b/c i can have my coffee, avoid the rules of the road, and police aren’t allowed to chase me. dc is the truly a premier us city.

    • maxwell smart

      the worst? really? so… you would rather have a subway/metro system infected with rats, bedbugs and trash because it allows you to eat and drink? yeah, no thanks.

      • I would trade the ny subway system for this one in a heartbeat. The New York metro system doesn’t break down every day or have jerky stop and go motion the entire ride because 5 years after a train crash they still haven’t figures out how to run them automatically. Do you think people would stand for that in new york? I don’t.
        And just so you know there are definitely rats in the washington metro system.

      • News flash: DC metro stations have rats and mice. Metro can bitch about food/drink when they can run a fully functional system but not a moment prior. NYC’s MTA can handle more riders, lines, food/drink AND run 24/7. Not a difficult feat.

        • DC has nowhere near the number of rats and mice as the NYC subway system. We also have way less garbage on our tracks. No way you can even say they are similar. In my 9 years riding the NYC subway, I had multiple instances every year where I would have to dodge rats on the platform; that has NEVER happened here in DC.
          The only advantages of the NYC subway is 24/7 service and more lines in more neighborhoods (due to the much higher population density and a 70 year head start in NYC). DC is by far cleaner, less crowded, and actually sticks to a schedule. Most train lines in NYC don’t even tell you when they are arriving!

        • You don’t sounds like you’ve ridden the NYC subway much.

        • You were fine until you got to “not a difficult feat”. If you have specialized knowledge about what it takes to run a complex mass transit system, please share it. If your knowledge is limited to a few trips holding a farecard and seeing a lot of movies, then your news flashes are pretty limited.

    • I lived in Boston for many years. There is no way on earth anyone who has regularly traveled on the T would agree with you. See: the green line. The DC Metro, for all of its flaws, is by far the nicest in any U.S. major city. It needs a lot of work to update it, but if you’re unclear that is happening, you again don’t seem to ride the Metro much.

      Anyone who thinks they need to eat or drink on the train is just a self entitled jerk. I don’t want to smell your food, watch you eat, or sit in it when you don’t clean up after yourself.

  • Good, Metro has become a dump because scofflaws have been allowed to eat and drink on the Metro.

  • I have no problem with this.

  • Excellent. And the fine should be doubled if they are also picking their nose and/or conducting any sort of self-grooming i.e. nail clipping, etc. (I guess picking your nose could be considered a type of self-grooming, but eww…)

  • Put me in the “good” column, too! I am disgusted by how many people eat and drink on metro with impunity. There needs to be more signs, though. Big signs.

  • I’m good with this. Do a no-tolerance crackdown so we can hopefully ticket people leaving chickenbones and sunflower seed shells, and empty beverage bottles all over the Metro cars. Disgusting.

  • Wish they would enforce the ‘no smoking on the escalators’ rule. Ugh

    • +1. Especially on the escalators and at the base of the escalators at Georgia Ave.-Petworth.

    • I don’t think its a rule for some reason. I don’t get why people need to smoke all the way down to the bottom of the station because that’s basically inside at that point but there are ashtrays down there for some reason. I’m a casual smoker and would never consider smoking on or at the bottom or even at the top of the escalator for that matter.

      • It is a rule. The wording of one of their audio announcements is something like “No smoking on Metro, to include platforms and escalators.”
        The “to include” always strikes me as awkwardly worded. I would prefer “No smoking on Metro, including platforms and escalators” or “No smoking on Metro. That includes platforms and escalators.”

        • Lol textdoc, I’m glad the “to include” bothers someone else as much as it bothers me! Just say “including!”

          • Allison, just now seeing your reply. Glad to know we are kindred spirits regarding bad grammar, etc. in Metro announcements. 🙂
            I was also really irked by the one that went: “This is Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.” NOOO!!! “Secretary of Homeland Security”! “Department of” is redundant!
            I vaguely remember that there’s also some poor wording in the announcement about how to use the escalator with a child.

      • I think the ashtrays are at the bottom so that people who don’t know the rule have one last chance to ditch their cigarettes. Sort of like the trash cans for food.
        It certainly confuses the message, though.

  • Remember the french fry incident of 2000?

  • I don’t think people should eat on the metro, but a ticket for drinking coffee? Ugh. I wonder if you would be ticketed for drinking water. Some people have really long rides!

  • Good. I’ve seen people full on eating dinner (we’re talking styrofoam container and utensils) on the train and it’s so gross. Not to mention the smell while trapping in the car or the resulting crumbs and residue that attract rats. Ugh.

  • Iphones are being snatched out of people’s hands seemingly every day and THIS is what they crack down on. No wonder why everyone drives

    • This is one of the lowest-driving cities in the country. Police do indeed catch phone thieves in the metro. This is a law, and I want it enforced!

  • I completely agree with it, it should be enforced.

  • Not a fan of folks eating and drinking on metro, but do wish there was a permanent exception for water (not just on 100 degree days).

    • I agree. A permanent exception for water and baby bottles — and, after a short warning period, a permanent ban on anything else. The downside of this is that holding — but not eating or drinking — food and beverages is fine, so the rules don’t necessarily cut down on either spillage problems or litter.

      • Emmaleigh504

        I struggle with the baby bottles/kids with food thing. On the 1 hand eating and drinking are not allowed, but on the other if it keeps junior occupied, who cares.

        • I figure if even TSA can make an exception for baby bottles on planes, Metro can.

          • Emmaleigh504

            I was thinking of cheerios. I never see kids young enough for a bottle, but I see toddlers with cheerios all the time.

          • I wouldn’t be bothered by a kid with a bottle, but I am bothered when I see kids with Cheerios or similarly crumbly snacks — there are inevitably going to be crumbs on the floors, seats, platforms, etc. If parents need to violate the rule to placate difficult kids, something like a Fruit Rollup would be better.

          • Emmaleigh504

            There’s one very nice (and good looking) dad that gives his kid a snack and always picks up even the tiniest crumbs that may fall. It’s rare that I see any kids actually make a mess with their snacks, it seems to be grownups who do that.

          • Yeah I agree. I don’t have kids but I can tell you that they certainly are not the issue. It’s the previously mentioned styrofoam containers half eaten, the sunflower seeds and the chicken bones that are making the metro, especially the Green Line disgusting.

    • +1. Even libraries allow water.

      • Nope, not all libraries. Where I work, which is a big big library, no water in the Reading Room

        • LOC? (Folger??)
          OK, maybe not all libraries, especially ones with rare books and manuscripts. 🙂 I’m thinking of public libraries and university libraries.

    • I have to agree with this. Water does not attract rats.

  • Hmm, I am visibly pregnant and carry a water bottle everywhere. Sometimes I take a sip while I’m on the metro without thinking about it. I wonder if they would ticket me? I will try to remember not to test my luck!

    • Something tells me that no cop in their right mind would try to bust a pregnant lady for drinking water in the metro. If you really need the water, I think you should just drink it.

      • Just don’t go into certain restaurants and expect them to let you use the bathroom just because you’re pregnant.

        • Why not? I did this all the time when I’ve been pregnant. In fact, most people let me cut in line once they notice I’m pregnant.

          • cross, anon above is referencing a recent PoPville thread about a pregnant lady complaining that a restaurant wouldn’t let her use the bathroom. It seemed that the whole DC internet had something to say about who was in the wrong there (hint: most people didn’t think it was the restaurant).

          • Ah, got it. Thanks for the clarification.

        • Formerly Broken Jaw


      • I thought the whole reason they stopped enforcement in the first place was the french fry incident, ie arresting a 12 year old kid for eating a french fry. I’m not sure Metro Police are tuned into the optics of the situation enough to not ticket a pregnant lady with water.

        • Good point — I shouldn’t assume that every member of the squad will make sensible decisions.

          Maybe conceal the water bottle unless you need to drink it? And then just drink if you need to drink?

    • I’ve been pregnant twice before and am currently pregnant. I always have fluids and a snack on me on the metro. I get motion sickness throughout my pregnancies and if I don’t eat or drink when my body tells me so, I will get faint or pass out. I have never been cited for drinking or eating and if I were, I’d make sure to let them know about the pregnancy . Shawness is correct, I highly doubt they will try to busy pregnant ladies.

  • To all of you who are in favor of this, just know that WMATA is specifically targeting white people. Tickets will not be issued to persons of color.

    • Trolling much?

      • A couple of summers ago, a bus driver didn’t let a group of tourists board b/c they had water bottles. In the back seat there were a group of teens eating KFC, throwing their bones into the seat in front of them and wiping their hands on the seat…very selective enforcement.

    • I don’t know about race-based ticketing, but I could imagine some minimum wage ticket writer only going to folks who he thinks will not give him a hard time. I could definitely see this playing out where some of the worst offenders aren’t targeted for tickets because no one really wants a confrontation (especially a violent one). Heck, they already avoid confrontations when these hooligans jump the fare gates and avoid paying, or make a dash with someone’s property.

      • They’ll give tickets to people who can afford to pay them. I’m sure they will make those assumptions based on appearances.
        What’s the fine for eating/drinking? $100?

    • That’s because other than a few truly antisocial misfits, this is a problem almost exclusively among white transplants.

      • It’s also endemic among the new riders coming into the system on the Silver Line. The signage in the stations and on the train cars seems to be inadequate for familiarizing newbies with Metro’s laws on eating, drinking, smoking, permitted animals, and listening to audio or video devices without headphones on.

        To be fair on the food and drink issue, regular train riders in the area on MARC, VRE, or Amtrak would all be used to being able to eat and drink in the trains so long as they don’t litter or use the seats as their tables.

        Maybe WMATA needs to produce run a video loop at the new stations explaining the rules slowly, clearly, and repeatedly. Even if it were a PowerPoint slideshow with narration.

  • About time!

  • This all reads like a photo caption contest.

    Quick, someone post an awkward/creepy photos of someone eating/drinking on the Metro? Bonus points if it’s an outragous meal/drink.

    (I once saw someone eating their Chipotle burrito bowl and making a mess of it. I know it didn’t happen unless there’s photo proof, hence the above.)

    • I once had a beggar come up to me in the Metro and ask for money so he could get a meal, while he was eating chicken wings. I told him I wouldn’t give him money, but I would give him free advice: don’t actually be eating food while you’re begging for money to get food. I’m a difference maker.

      • I had a guy eating wings on the Metro in the seat behind me. I can’t imagine a messier meal for a ride on a germ-infested Metro car. What’s with the wings?

  • I live for the day the dreaded sunflower seed man on the green line (and yes, it’s pretty much one dude creating that mess, I’ve seen him) gets caught with a big pile of spitty shells at his feet and a bag o’ seeds in his hand.

  • More than okay with the enforcement, but for the love of Mary…how about some enforcement at the turnstile? Nearly every day I see fare evaders and I’d say at least once a week I find myself in the situation where someone jumps up behind me to get through without paying after I swipe (Potomac Ave).

    • They don’t even bother pretending to pay at my station, they just (very visibly) hop over, or walk through the handicap/special gate.

      • Since I’m a tattle-tale, I texted metro police (MyMTPD) the description of a fare jumper, which train he got on, and updated them when he got off. They texted me back that they caught him.

  • Formerly Broken Jaw

    This is a good thing. It doesn’t always work when I give them the stink eye for eating or drinking.

  • I do agree with Metro’s policy of no eating/ drinking on the train or in stations. It helps keep the system clean. That being said, I do drink a bottle of water sometimes in the morning after biking to the metro station and if I ever got a ticket or warning, I’d be OK with that. Don’t commit the crime unless you’re willing to do the time/ pay the fine.

  • anonymouse_dianne

    Well when the subway first opened (1976) and was operational (’80’s) the no food / drink rule was very strictly enforced. Hence, if you listen to car talk they refer to their producer as “Doug, the subway fugitive”.

    “How do you become a subway fugitive?” asked Earl Lin ’15, referencing a nickname for Berman that was mentioned on “Car Talk.”

    Berman then launched into a story about a time when he was in a metro station in Washington, D.C. and was written up by a security guard for drinking a coffee in the station, an act that is prohibited. Just as he was about to receive the ticket, a man in a business suit walked by eating an apple, and as the guard rushed after the man, Berman slipped onto a train, thus becoming a subway fugitive.

  • I think this is great. I’m tired of seeing people eat fried chicken wings on the metro and then not even having the decency to throw their own food trash away. Gross.

  • Watching people eat and drink is triggering to me.

    As I watch them shovel mouthful after mouthful of whatever greasy abomination they just bought at the Chipotle in Columbia Heights, eventually, I can’t see anything but the movement of their jaws slacking and tightening with each bite. I can hear nothing but the slurping groan of their gullets as they choke down another bite before they’re finished chewing. Sometimes I think I can hear a wet *plop* as a half-chewed morsel lands in their stomach and a tepid gurgling as they grimace and pound their ribcage to force the wave of stomach acid back down. I hear them swill and gargle their Coca-Colas as it begins the short journey from their mouths to the ever-swelling expanse of their fat guts.

    Some time ago, I was coming back from an extended workout at my gym via the Yellow Line. It wasn’t rush hour, but I was forced to sit in the middle of a fat family. They were passing around a bucket of Popeye’s chicken, braying incessantly and spraying each other with flecks of breaded chicken from their open mouths. Nervous, I began to anxiously sweat. I imagined wave after wave of salmonella and e. coli spraying all over me.

    “WHAT’S THE MATTER GUY,” the bearded patriarch bellowed. I couldn’t stop staring at a slimy piece of chicken caught in his beard. “YOU DOING OKAY?” he said as he wiped his hand first on his Washington Redskins shirt (probably bought hours ago on the Mall), then on the pole, then licked his fingers.

    “YOU LOOK LIKE YOU COULD USE A SLICE OF CHICKEN!” He said, thrusting his slick fingers into the bucket and dangling a drumstick in front of my face, much to the delight of his children, who brayed and clapped like donkeys.

    I shrieked and bolted to the other end of the car and rocked back and forth as I waited for the doors to open at a stop- ANY STOP- so I could properly inform the authorities. I sprinted from the car, the sound of their lipsmacking, chewing laughter echoing across the platform. I noticed, but didn’t care, as my iPhone slipped from my pocket and clattered to the ground, and made no protest as a truant pocketed it. I approached a listless station manager, who laughed in my face as I sobbed and recounted my story.

    I paid too much for my studio and pay too much in tax dollars (a high portion of which pay the salaries of the MTA and the MPD, no doubt) for this to go on any further. I, like many other voters, want our government to do more beyond seldom enforcing what I see as an important law. If Mayor Grey successfully orders Chief Lanier to crack down on these Metro food terrorists, I’d consider his mayoral term a glowing success.

  • Just to be clear, we are going to make exceptions for:

    1. Water, possibly limited to pregnant women and children, but unclear;
    2. Cheerios for small children because…well I’m not sure why, but okay, Cheerios;
    3. Baby bottles because…well, babies are hungry so they are an exception and historically children have never been know to be messy at all;
    4. Coffee because ugh, god, it’s the morning and you know, it has a lid. Duh.

    Hmm, I can’t imagine why WMATA wouldn’t rather enforce these very clear distinctions rather than just a blanket rule that you should probably control yourself for the 30-40 minutes maximum you’re on the metro and just not eat or drink anything.

    What an entitled ME ME ME world we live in.

    • I’d rather an infant have a bottle than listen to it cry on the metro. Baby bottles are spill-proof, so what’s your beef?

    • I didn’t see anybody arguing to allow DRINKING coffee on metro, just arguing that you are allowed to bring coffee on the metro. Some people make coffee at home or buy near home and then bring it to work. Not an issue. Just like you can go grocery shopping and bring food/drink home on metro, you just can eat/drink it on metro.

      The cheerios exception I don’t get…I’ve never seen a kid eat cheerios without making a mess, but I’m glad to hear it is possible.

  • Wow…what is it about the subject of food on the metro that brings out the worst in everybody? This thread is kind of a parade of condescension and snark.

  • Let me know when they start ticketing the people who can’t seem to use headphones when listening to music (also illegal).

  • It would be wonderful if they would also ticket the ridiculous kids blasting music from their phones. Also would be nice to see the cigarette smokers on the escalator ticketed.

  • For the record, Metro is not managed by the DC government, and it’s laws and are not enforced by the DC MPD. Metro is an independent transit authority that is “owned” by Virginia, Maryland, and DC. It is a shared responsibility, including proportional financial support. It also has it’s own section police force.

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