Over the past couple of weeks, WMATA has released the two videos below to give us a "behind the scenes" look at Metro's operation. We assume it's an attempt to mollify the public in the wake of the Red Line crash.
The first clip is of the train control system WMATA uses, which, as DCist said, "is apparently running off an old Atari 2600."
We asked Metro why there aren't any other trains visible on the video, and they said it was because it was shot around 11 a.m. Also cut off from the video is the track heading the opposite way.
The next video WMATA released was inside a Metro control room. As WMATA says in the video, the electronics are originally from the '70s, and boy do they look it.
Vintage is cool for clothes, music and maybe a couple of other things, but not a subway system that carries over 800,000 people on workdays. Where are the vacuum tubes, teletypes and 8-track machines?
WMATA, we know you're trying to educate the public, but frankly, these videos don't instill a lot of confidence.
How about a video about what you're doing to make things better?
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