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Your Daily Photo of an Insanely Crowded Metro Station – Farragut West

by Prince Of Petworth July 7, 2011 at 5:31 pm 10 Comments

A reader writes that the photo was taken at Farragut West around 4:45pm:

“Not sure why it’s so crazy, but they weren’t even letting people down to the platform because it is so full!”

If you encounter an insanely crowded station – send a photo to princeofpetworth(at)gmail and let me know what station and time it’s from.

  • Nurdy_gurdy

    You should have seen the crowd amassed at the top of the down escalator! Lonely WMATA soul trying to rationalize that it’s better for us to wait up top and watch nearly NOONE get on the three consecutive orange line trains before a blue line showed up. Then he masterly recreated the exact same situation by letting a select number of folks down. I opted to head to McPherson, get out, go to other side, and double back on a near empty blue line train. When we got to Farragut, maybe 2 people got on. There’s some bad science, then there’s this science. Maybe they’ll shorten the stop name to “don’t do this”

  • Charles Jamal

    Probably so crowded because all those people saw what a mess Foggy Bottom was this morning and decided to take a good number of PoP commenters advice and walk to farragut west.

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  • Francophile

    I blame the Dalai Lama. For everything.

  • Eastbound and Proud

    I was very confused until I realized these poor souls where must be waiting for westbound trains. I took the train home from FW going Eastbound at 6.15, and it was delightful.

  • Anonymous

    I see myself in this picture.

    I missed my flight out of DCA.

    I missed the 4:25 Blue Line train because no more people could cram in.

    It was third world today at Farragut West.

    It used to be good when you could rely on D.C. Transit.

    Not so much anymore.

    • Denizen of Tenallytown

      Allocate more than 30 minutes to get to the airport. “Third World [Country].” Get over yourself.

      Captcha: W4KE

    • Veronika

      people are trying to avoid lots of things. gas prices, traffic, etc. when people are encouraged to use public transportation, this is what happens. if possible, when weather and time allows, walking is the best. you always know what time you’ll arrive

  • K

    It was like this on Wednesday evening as well, around 5:50 pm. I didn’t have a problem because I was already on the train and getting off at Farragut West, but there was a crowd behind the barriers waiting to go to the platform.

  • Smoove T

    Not to diminish the problems going at at the Foggy Bottom metro, and purely speaking about clogged platforms…. but the Chinatown Red Line platforms are this bad every morning. It’s definitely a safety issue – I can’t believe there aren’t Metro Police on hand at times like this to help limit platform occupancy. It’s only a matter of time before someone falls onto the tracks (I’ve mentioned this to police standing around watching, and they have only shrugged).


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