Thursday, April 2, 2009
Today on the Red Line, the driver shut the door in my face without allowing ANYONE to get on. It was off putting, but another train came less than a minute later, so no big deal.
What is a big deal is that four out of four ticket machines I tried to use today refused to trade in my fare card so I could add value to my SmarTrip card, saying "transaction canceled - fare card trade not valid," no matter what sequence of steps I tried.
On top of that, it just makes me laugh that the escalators and the elevators in the Metro stations were apparently built to be maintained, not used. Not a single day passes by that I don’t see a couple of escalators shut down or under repair. Coming from the Czech Republic and being in the US for the first time in my life, it shattered many of my beliefs about US technological superiority. I can assure you I've never seen a single escalator in Prague not working.
Good luck with unsucking Metro,
Thanks GGW for the mention.