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  • justinbc

    Seems like 9 out of 10 of these posts are the red line.

  • Ugh. This and PoP’s story late yesterday about the pepper spray incident really make me not want to take Metro ever!! What a fire hazard, and what a great reason to have a panic attack. I feel bad for those commuters.

    • As someone who has panic attacks, I’ve resorted to an hour long walk/bike commute rather than being stuck on the Metro for 20 minutes because it’s really been trying this winter. Almost had one so many times. I’m only going on Metro if it’s freezing now or terrible out. Now if it would only get warm.

      • Oh man, I completely understand. I don’t have panic attacks, but my anxiety level skyrockets when I find myself stuck in a big crowd like this or stuck on a crowded metro car. It is very unpleasant and not good for your health to have to go through this too many times!

  • Looks like a normal weekday evening on that platform around 5:30, coming up from the Yellow/Green tracks.

  • So happy that we’re back to scooter weather (and my door-to-door 15 minute commute). I look forward to avoid commuting on Metro until December.

    • Is scootering in the cold and snow a less pleasant experience than taking metro? I have a hard time believing it!

      • +1. Next year I’m going to look into heated gloves and all sorts of ridiculous attire so I can attempt to bike in the freezing weather to avoid this

        • Look for bar mitts, hand covers that attach to your handlebar.

        • Yes. This is what I do now. It’s actually easier to dress for biking sometimes than it is for walking (you stay warmer overall, though yo do have to be more careful to protect your hands/face/ears), and aside from a few really icy days it’s not at all unpleasant.

      • I never scooter in precipitation or if there’s ice/snow on the ground due to safety issues. Hence, I really wasn’t able to use my scooter since January 1.
        As long as it’s sunny and the roads are clear, I’ll ride my scooter. It’s pretty easy to bundle up – overcoat, sweater, scarf, and gloves are enough to keep me decently warm on the quick ride. This is what I would still wear even if walking. Much better than the hassle and time-suck that is riding Metro. I’ve also developer a pretty good tolerance for the cold. If you have poor circulation or get uncomfortably cold very easily, I can understand why it might sound miserable to you.

  • That’s not a noteworthy mess, it’s just the way the Red Line is during rush hour at Gallery Place.

  • It looks like that at least twice a week on the Shady Grove platform.

  • When I commuted to my company’s old office, I’d have to switch from the Green to Red lines at Gallery Place and was always appalled at how crowded the station was. I frankly felt it was not safe, as so many people would crown onto the Red line platform to Shady Grove – and congregate around the South end of the platform, where the Green/Yellow line escalator is, rather than spreading along the whole thing. I am amazed that no one has fallen onto the tracks or inadvertently been pushed in front of a train with those crowds. Thankfully my current commute allows me to avoid MetroRail altogether, and that suits me fine.

    • west_egg

      People’s tendency to saunter on this platform while staring at their smartphones combined with their refusal to spread out along the platform and make room for the people behind them makes this my personal #1 for “most annoying spot in the Metro system.” Whenever possible I shift my entire workday earlier so as to avoid this mess.
      It can be so unpredictable, though — I was standing in this precise spot around 8:35 this morning marveling at how unusually empty the station was for that time of day.

  • Got on the red line at Union Station a little after 9. Didn’t see any crowds by the time I made it to Gallery Place. I realize this happens relatively often, but in general it seems like metro is doing a pretty good job of cleaning up these issues after 10 minutes or so (at least on the red line).

  • maxwell smart

    The station design at Gallery Place is not at all conducive to effect flow of traffic – with the Green/Yellow & Red line crossing happening at the end of the Red Line track, there is always an unavoidable bottle neck getting through the station. What makes matters worse is there is no pedestrian connection from Metro Center which means people have to use the Red Line for 1 stop to change lines to a station you can literally see from the other station – terrible planning. Putting in a tunnel between the 2 stations that also provided other connection points to the Red Line would go a long way to improving this pinch point in the system.

    • This! If I remember correctly there was talk of having a virtual tunnel between Gallery Place and Metro Center during rush hour like the one already in place between Farragut West and Farragut North. As someone who frequently takes the metro the one stop between GP and MC, I would gladly walk the difference if it meant not paying any extra fare. My guess is that Metro doesn’t want the lost revenue from the free transfers so we all suffer.

      • maxwell smart

        Virtual tunnel would help _some_ but I wonder how many people would actually go though the effort of exiting the station (on broken escalators), walk the block or two, and re-enter the station, even with a free transfer. This is the only area in the entire system where all lines cross and people are 100% reliant on the least reliable metro line to transfer 1 stop – that is crazy!

    • Not sure if I’m misunderstanding you, but why in the world would you transfer to the red line to go one stop? I work in Metro Center, right next door to the station, and live on the green line. I walk from Gallery Place to Metro Center everyday and it’s literally a 5 minute walk.

  • This does appear to have been a short-duration cluster if folks passing through at 8:35 and just after 9:00 didn’t see issues. When I got there at about 8:45, the platform was packed to the gills – the folks in the photo are likely shuffling very very slowly – and there was a train holding with its doors open. I turned around, went back out to 7th & H (after paying for yet another Metro ride I didn’t take), and got on a bus.
    Given I had another convenient commuting option today, I would have avoided entering the station entirely had I known the platform looked like this. But NextTrain showed there should have been trains practically firing through the station one after another, and as usual lately, WMATA didn’t see fit to send any text or email alerts. There weren’t even any station announcements while I was there. Again, actual communication from Metro could have eased this situation at least somewhat.

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