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  • MVT

    Yep it was a rough one this morning. Happy Tuesday

  • Anxiety.. Anxiety…

  • That guys face sums it up pretty well.

  • Ive started leaving a half hour earlier. Its amazing how much this has improved my commuting times.

    • I agree. In my experience, it seems a lot more crowded between 8-9 than 7-8 (and even better 6-7). Not everyone has the luxury to leave earlier for various reasons, but it is notably better.

      • Of course, if everyone wisens up to this and starts leaving earlier, then this plan will all go to hell… 🙂

      • dcgator

        I don’t metro, but I’ve noticed the same when walking or biking to work (mostly through Dupont). It amazes me how many more people start work at 9 am rather than 8 am, but it’s obviously a thing.

    • I wish I could say the same! Any time I leave early (like this morning for example), it always backfires.

  • I used to have to transfer at that station, and it was always a crowded mess, even on a good day. I really think it’s the poor design of the station – which is in a T-configuration, unlike L’Enfant’s and Metro Center’s plus-sign configuration – which forces everyone transferring to use the same limited space.

    • +1
      Urban design FAIL.

    • If they could connect Metro Center and Gallery Place via walking tunnel, then everyone would be much better off but I guess that the study completed in 2005 did not concur.

      http://www.wmata.com/pdfs/planning/Station%20Access/Gallery_Metro_Center_NoAppendices.pdf

    • Sure it’s not optimal design in an ideal world, but building in underground spaces is very different than building in a large open field somewhere. Maybe they could have done it better but maybe not – I have no idea what the consideration and constraints were at the time. But I do know that they’re not changing the design of it now, so complaining about it may feel nice but it’s not going to help. What would help is if passenger behavior changed – which is infinitely more possible but probably not a whole lot more likely than changing the design of the station.

  • Glad I left earlier this morning – wasn’t sure if any remnants of last nights smoke/fire were slowing things down this morning so didn’t want to chance it. Also, around 8:30/9 last night WMATA had so few shuttles running from Chinatown that it was impossible to get on one headed to L’enfant.

  • Every time I have to use this station I want to punch the designer who laid it out. It could not have been done more poorly.

  • I will say it once and I will say it again – WMATA needs to immediately put forth a plan to provide a below-ground pedestrian connection between Metro Center and Gallery Place. This would provide people the ability to transfer Yellow/Green to Blue/Orange without needing to use the Red Line for 1 stop, while also providing the ability to provide more exit points along the platform.

    • I couldnt agree more. It always drives me nuts in the evening when you see caps or wiz fans packing into an already overly crowded train just to get off at the next stop.

    • Agree completely. I don’t really fault the designers of the station because it was clearly done to maximize the station entrances above ground, which is pretty well designed for the area. It is what it is. Adding the underground connection between Metro Center and Gallery Place, however, seems to be a very practical way to alleviate a lot of the issues.

    • “a below-ground pedestrian connection between Metro Center and Gallery Place.”
      .
      You mean build a tunnel? Sure it would be handy but I wouldn’t get your hopes up. Building stuff is expensive, building stuff underground is phenomenally expensive. I don’t think building a pedestrian tunnel is going to be near the top of anyone’s spending list.
      .
      Like NW DC guy says, a far more likely “solution” is a virtual transfer. But I don’t really think many people would use that and it’s no benefit to the sports fans getting off at Gallery Place.

  • Or at least allow the virtual transfer like they do between Farragut West and Farragut North.

    • The virtual transfer is at best a band-aid for the problem. I think asking people to exit the station, walk down the street, and then re-enter the next station is wishful thinking – especially when exiting the station is already a challenge with the current T-shaped design.

      Yes, an underground corridor between the two stations would not be without cost but as shown many times, WMATA should have invested in making the existing system better, not on expanding (Silver Line). These 2 stations simply can not handle the volume of traffic.

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