About those Blue and Orange Line Delays – They are For Real


A reader tweets us just before 6:30:

“More extreme metro delays on Orange/Blue line. Electrical problems. Avoid using. This is Farragut west.”

9 Comment

  • Ugh. Reminds me of the Red Line esp between Woodley thru Gallery Place between 4:30-6ish pm.

  • Now, I remembered why I drive and AVOID the metro. Stay patient, my metro friends..

  • Given that most people’s jobs (obviously not all) are spent staring into a glowing screen, telecommuting needs to be much more of a common practice – thus ameliorating these commuting hells (since reliable functioning of Metro is an oxymoron). It kind of amazes me that telecommuting is not done by majority of DC workforce majority of the time – I blame that on antiquated mindsets of a lot of employers (though the federal government is surprisingly great when it comes to telecommuting). I am so grateful I don’t have to commute.

    • I’ve actually become increasingly anti-telecommute as I’ve had colleagues who do it a lot. Once a week is fine but relationships with colleagues out of the office never develop as well.

      Dynamic companies design their spaces to foster random encounters that breed new ideas. I see it all the time as people pop over to share a thought and discuss it or chat and build a stronger trust / dynamic. Even rwndom jokes build a stronger work culture.

      One can say that can be replicated with distance, but it’s so organic it really can’t and telecommuters are definitely outside the loop.

      • “Dynamic companies design their spaces to foster random encounters that breed new ideas.” That’s been used as the justification for lots of cubicle offices or (worse still) open-plan offices… but the reality is that people work better with more privacy and less distraction.

        • I wasn’t talking about cubicle farms. I meant like creating spaces where people can naturally meet up and cross paths.

          An extreme example was Steve Jobs’ hope to have one bathroom for Apple so everybody would have to cross paths (that, thankfully, didn’t happen).

          MIT did nicely with this interaction model in their newer buildings.

          • I guess that depends on how significant in-person interaction in general — and random in-person interaction in particular — is for your particular job.

          • I think everyone who has to create or innovate new ideas benefits from random ersonal engagement where conversations can drift down roads they otherwise wouldn’t. That just happened this morning for me and it could revolutionize a program I run.

            Plus, I know telecommuters who are so isolated all day they are dealing with serious depression.

            I guess lower level staff like database entry folks and such could get away without the interactions.

            Anyway, the data shows telecommuting had a big surge about 10 years ago but has really waned in growth and not been embraced like people thought. It’s just not proven to be as effective as folks thought it would be before implementation.

          • Different strokes for different folks — some jobs are more collaborative than others.
            My job is a high-level one, but it’s not one where random interpersonal interactions are as significant as they apparently are in yours.

Comments are closed.