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  • bitter

    Aka like just about every metro system in the world


    Aren’t the new trains going to have this?

  • if we could replace “lit up with current events” with “lit up with notice of which stations/lines weren’t working” we’d be in business.

    • brookland_rez

      LOL. Metro is such a joke. Stuck in the 1970’s. Lit up with current events? Get real. Lit up with out of service notices, like the second poster noted, is more like it.

      • I just assumed that by “current events,” the original Post-It poster meant “elevators, etc. out of service.”

  • The “new” train technology is what European trains were doing in the 1990’s (20 years ago). We still have conductors indescribably muttering what the next stops are. The LED-ish banners on most trains only display what color line the train is on.
    Interactive maps, modern escalators (ones that slow down when no one is on them, reducing wear & tear) are decades away.
    The clunky pre-school-inspired turnstiles are 40 years old.

  • Once I was in a Metro station and I heard an announcement that no elevators were out of service in the Metrorail system. I was flabbergasted and told a friend who works for Metro about it the next day. He laughed and said was completely inaccurate. Apparently when they make announcements about which elevators are out, they only list the elevators that are unexpectedly out. It does not include the ones that are undergoing maintenance.

  • How about start with maps located in the center of EVERY train car?

  • Without $40m stuck under the post-it note, I don’t see how this was a practical suggestion.

    • austindc

      Yeah, I’ll take scheduled maintenance and performance improvements over interactive maps that people are just going to lean against anyway. Also, if I’m already on the train, I probably already have an idea of where I am going. I am not waiting until I get on a moving train to find out about cool events that I should go see. I think an initial release of interactive maps like this would be more useful outside metro stations that have a lot of foot traffic.

  • Well, whoever posted them put them in the one spot where no Metro Board member is ever going to see them.

  • Remember one of the members of the WMATA board was just elected mayor…

  • Hahaha! How about we get all the escalators and turnstiles to work first?

  • Honestly I’m annoyed that they’ve replaced the map with emergency exit route maps so it’s hard to find a map on most trains.

  • Interesting suggestion #1: Run more than 3 trains per hour on the weekend.
    Interesting suggestion #2: Allow free exit of same station.
    Interesting suggestion #3: Create an affordable unlimited pass.
    Interesting suggestion #4: Publish weekly report on advancement of the “track maintenance”.
    Interesting suggestion #5: Stop blackmailing tax payers a year, exploiting riders with fare increase next year.
    Interesting suggestion #6: Zero (ZERO) tolerance for metro employees misbehavior (Remember “One person’s harassment is another person’s flirting.”?)
    Interesting suggestion #7: Hire metro drivers who actually know what ‘frequency’ means.
    Interesting suggestion #8: Don;t elect as mayor a former WMATA board member…

  • Great idea, but I think Metro should focus their efforts on operating a functional, and effective, public transportation system, rather than the one plagued with problems that they are currently “operating”.

  • Allison

    Post-it (R) Notes: The world is your suggestion box!

  • In Paris the bus stops have LED signs that show which buses are coming and in how many minutes. As a resident I would find that way more useful than the interactive maps suggested here which would only be used by tourists. I have the NextBus app on my phone but have noticed that the elderly or those without smart phones have to rely on the posted paper schedules. Even with access to the app, I think I would use buses even more frequently if I could tell the schedule from passing by the bus stop.

    • Many bus stops in London have this too.
      I don’t take the bus anywhere near as often now as I did when I lived in Adams Morgan, but since my phone is a dumbphone, I always had to rely on the paper schedule. And of course there was often little correlation between the printed schedule and reality.

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