Topic Tag: metro
While riding home from work today (5:15 pm or so) I entered the first car on the red line train at Union Station. As soon as I got on I noticed the large group of youths by the door seemed especially wound-up so I moved to the front of the train to put some distance between us. Sure enough not long after we pulled away two of them egged each other on to attack a passenger. They yelled at a guy to give them his bag and then just starting wailing on him. The poor guy never resisted or fought back, which I think was a good thing. There were only four of five of us at least on my side of the group and I felt so helpless. I knocked on the driver’s door and yelled through the door crack to stop the train at NoMA and call the police. The guy got up to move away at one point and another kid threw a punch that knocked him out for a few minutes. He eventually got up and came down to us at the front of the train while the kids carried on. The driver kept the doors locked for a little while which freaked the kids out and they moved between trains trying to get away. The cops grabbed some kids getting off eventually but I don’t think it was the right ones. Hopefully they give up who their friends were. The paramedics told us the guy had a broken jaw. He also had no memory of the event and kept asking us what happened.
His head was all bruised and his face was swollen beyond recognition and we were wiping away the blood from his mouth. All on our ride home, out of nowhere.
Know how to get the driver’s attention on a train and stay clear of the rowdy groups of kids. I thought metro could have done a better job shutting down the station, also. I am pretty sure the assailants got away on a train going the other direction.
I’ve noticed a lot lately that Metro buses will sit running for hours at a time at the Petworth Metro station, and probably at many other stops around town. This also happens a lot every night when buses aren’t even supposed to be running (i.e. 3am). It makes it very difficult to sleep with my house windows open because of the diesel fumes and the noise. I don’t understand how this is necessary if schedules are managed better. Is there any valid reason why this is happening?
1. Does anybody else ride the #63 between the GA Ave Metro and downtown?
2. Have you noticed that it’s way more crowded and moves more slowly than it previously has?
This bus was a godsend – a metro bus that moved quickly downtown and in which 60% of the riders offloaded before I boarded. Now it’s yet another standing-room-only bus that takes 45 minutes to go 2.5 miles. I figured kids going back to school would slow things a bit, but I don’t recall the bus being as crowded back in the springtime. Was there some change to another nearby route that’s resulted in new riders on the #63? Maybe people are shifting their transit choices from metro to the bus?
Popville, it’s time to play a game of “Would You Rather!”
Would you rather live really close (say within 3 blocks) of a single metro station, or kinda close to two different lines — say about a 12 minute walk to one and a 15 minute walk to the other? I currently live over in South Bloomingdale and therefore use the NoMa and Shaw stops, but sometimes that 12 minute walk can be fairly daunting in harsh weather. I would love to hear what y’all think!
…I know this might be a futile effort, but just hoping that the good of the internet can help keep their eyes peeled.
I left my bike locked in front of my office (M st Between 16 & 17) last night because I left my bike lights at home and I didn’t want to ride home in the dark. This AM my good ol’ faithful was missing — the Ulock had been cut by a person with superpowers or some nefarious device. Perhaps it was poofed like the 3% of the earth’s population on HBO’s The Leftovers. But I’m just not willing to accept that.
This. The bike that got me through years of art school, the bike that got me from downtown to my home in midtown one-hundred-million times, the bike that took me from Georgia to North Carolina on the dirty, shittily paved roads of the southern stretches of 95. The brakes are loose and the gears are a little weird by now, but hell, I’m so pathetically in love with the thing I’d even buy it back. “Just shut up and take my money,” I’ll say.
I’m sorry I always talked about how I didn’t like your sporty appearance because I do. I’m sorry for that one time that I rode you around the coastal highways too much and you got rust from the salty air. I’m sorry I left you behind that weekend and cheated on you with another bike, but mostly I’m just sorry that your gone. Please come back.
PS. I love you.
The bike is a Specialized green and white “Vita” hybrid, 27″ spoke wheels, thumb shift, quick release, gel seat for anyone who cares to help! I would GREATLY appreciate it.
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