You Know It’s A Particularly Bad Metro Commute Home When

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Thanks to Ally for sending from yesterday’s rush hour ride home:

“At Farragut West they only let u down to platform in waves bc too many ppl on platform. Wow.”

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  • lol oh metro. never fails to fail. tsk tsk

  • I stopped taking metro last year entirely. A combo of walking, busses, taxi and uber get me everywhere. I wish we all combined as dc area residents to refuse giving wmata any more money. It would be nice. Maybe just for one day at least

  • I love biking in the cold weather

  • This isn’t an uncommon phenomenon at Farragut West in the evening.

  • Every time I take the Metro, multiple things go wrong. Whether it’s overcrowded platforms, broken turnstiles, multiple broken escalators, delayed trains, it’s always something.

    Today, my green line train (one of the new trains, too) stopped between stations. The ventilation stopped blowing, the main lights went out, and the emergency lights went on. We sat there in eerie silence for about 5 minutes, then started rolling again with zero explanation from the driver. All he said was, “train will be moving momentarily” after we had been sitting there seemingly without power for several minutes.

    • This is Awkward

      Pretty sure I was on that train. I also, coincidentally, missed my stop bc with all the stalling I just sort of stopped paying attention (and couldn’t see the stops out the window, either). Damn the man!

  • this is a panic attack waiting to happen

  • My divorce from Metro gets reinforced every day. Not that I love driving to/from work, but at least I don’t have to deal with this daily fiasco.

  • Save money and buy a scooter if you can!!! I’ve been in DC since 1997 and while metro actually used to be good and run smoothly, it has become a disaster in the past 6-7 years…so in 2013, I bought a 50 cc scooter (don’t need a motorcycle license) for less than $1,600. My insurance is $188/year and it rides at about 60 miler per gallon. With the money I was spending on metro, it took me about 2 years to have the scooter paid for and the best part is you can park it anywhere and on sidewalks as long as it’s a 50 cc scooter (just make sure to lock it to a pole though).

    • Actually, in DC you do need a motorcycle license for a 50cc scooter and also need to register it and get tags.

      • Get a bicycle, free workout and way cheaper. No insurance, no gas, no parking problems. And you can walk your bicycle back home when you are really drunk…

        • maxwell smart

          “no parking problems” – unless you are in Georgetown where they have somehow specifically engineered every vertical post to be just large enough to not fit a u-lock.

          • This is Awkward

            Well, this makes sense given that Georgetown is one big, congested, shopping mall. You can barely walk down the sidewalks with everyone merging in and out, en masse, between this Michael Kors and the next. If there were locked bikes on the sidewalks, where would the tourists absentmindedly loiter?

          • maxwell smart

            Which is why they really need to eliminate parking on both sides of M Street and make the sidewalk wider with bike racks. Also, diagonal cross-walk signals along M Street.

      • You DO NOT need a motorcycle license for a 50cc scooter, but you do need a motor vehicle license of some sort. You aren’t suppose to park it on the sidewalk within the business district.

        http://dcclims1.dccouncil.us/images/00001/20130118172734.pdf

        http://www.collegescootersusa.com/maryland-dc-va-scooter-laws

        • TBH, the MPD doesn’t enforce any laws against scooters. I drove frequently without my license plate on my 150cc Stella and always parked on the sidewalk in the CBD (usually against a two bike bollard-style rack on a wide sidewalk with zero effect on pedestrian movement).

      • Unless they’ve recently changed the law, no you don’t. If it’s a 50cc (or under) scooter with a max speed of 35 mph, you do not need a motorcycle endorsement. And you can park on the sidewalk. Registration, however, is required ($30).

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