I arrived at the Farragut West station tonight, July 20, at just after 7:30 p.m. I finally arrived at my destination, the Vienna station, at just before 9:30 p.m. A trip that should take about 45 minutes took instead almost 2 hours. How does this happen?
Well, let me tell you. First you had a train malfunction at the Court House station. That took about 30 minutes to clear up. Within seconds--literally--after trains finally started moving again, you suddenly had a "switching problem" at the Foggy Bottom station. Interspersed between elevator outage announcements (about one every 30 seconds--thanks, I think I have all those stations memorized now if I ever need them), you delivered the dreaded news that there would be "single tracking" between Farragut West and Foggy Bottom.
(By the way, when single tracking, I agree with you 100 percent that it is a great idea to let at least one east-bound train through for every west-bound train. Who cares if the east-bound trains are nearly empty while the west-bound trains are so full there's no chance of anyone actually boarding? Rush hour be damned! I like that attitude in you, Metro.)
On nights like these, and they happen often, what I appreciate most is that friendly voice over the loudspeaker thanking me for my patience and telling me she apologizes for "any inconvenience" that you, Metro, may have caused.
Don't worry, Metro. What inconvenience could you possibly cause?
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