The article is fairly well summed up by this quote:
"'I would prefer the train, but until they really get it up and running again, I'll stay right here,' [Johnise Price] said as she traveled toward home aboard the 79."The article quoted other commuters who said they were happy with the bus alternative for now, but all save one appeared to want to return to the train once it was running normally.
The article cited stats about increased bus ridership along Red Line alternative routes, but the numbers were already down from the week immediately after the crash.
DCist, speculating on a potential bus renaissance, takes the Post article a step further, saying
"There is a tendency for many to neglect the bus system, which, though slower and containing certain assumptions about those who ride it, can be an incredibly useful tool for getting people where they need to go. ... Metro's saving grace might just have four wheels."If you're in DC as well as certain parts of Maryland, the the bus might very well be a viable commuting option, but if you're further out, or in Virginia, the bus' predominant role is to feed into the Metro.
If something catastrophic were to happen to the Orange or Blue lines, Northern Virginia commuters would be hard pressed to find good bus alternatives.
There are only a handful of bus lines that cross the Potomac from Virginia to DC, and virtually any bus trip plotted on Metro's trip planner takes a bus rider to either the Pentagon or Rosslyn.
Are you a Red Line rider who made the switch to bus? Are you sold? If you're thinking about making the switch, there are some good options listed here or here.
Metro braces for lawsuits (WaPo)
Ride On driver appears to read at the wheel (WTOP)
Metro's problems go deeper than one faulty track circuit (Examiner)
Funny cartoon on subway crowding (Viruscomix via @hostagehoosier)
Photo: Wayan Vota