UPDATE: This has happened before. (h/t CS)
We've all seen an offloaded train pull out of a station and keep going. Are riders starting to refuse to offload?
Reader Joey noticed signs of a possible revolt and raises a good point about Metro's entry/exit policies:
Metro Center was already packed when I arrived yesterday, and the train that pulled into the station several moments later was full.
The expected crush to board ensued, someone refused to get out of the way of the door, and a packed train was offloaded onto an already-packed platform.
Some people appeared to be ready to remain on the train.
That seems a likely result of the offloading policy. Everyone knows they put the train back in service a stop or two later.
Because of this, though, all the trains tailing that one were held up while they made sure the train being offloaded was empty. I think it's likely in the future that riders will revolt and refuse to leave the trains en masse when an offload is announced because of a door problem.
I decided to hop a train in the opposite direction and get back on the Glenmont train at Farragut North.
It took me 10 full minutes to get across Metro Center because of the crowding, and there were still people sitting on the "offloaded" train on the other side.
On the way back, it took about 15 minutes to get into Metro Center, and the platform was still packed.
Interestingly enough, over half the people who got on at Metro Center got off at Gallery Place. While the (possible) pedestrian tunnels are years away, isn't it feasible for Metro to allow someone to exit and enter a different station within, say 15 minutes, to make Metro Center and Gallery Place just a little more tolerable?
From now on, I'll just walk from Metro Center to Union Station. Sure, that's almost half my commute, but the loss of frustration will be worth it.
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