Friday, December 18, 2009

Club Metro

From P. Tatiana:

Red Line from Friendship Heights to Silver Spring on the morning of Dec. 17.

New service helps morning commuters ease into the day.

Does Metro roll out the dance floor and drinks at night?

Either that, or Metro's going green, cutting down on unnecessary lights. Looks like the formula is five working lights per train car, spread out randomly.

It couldn't possibly be that Metro inspectors and supervisors neglected basic safety and maintenance issues--again.

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13 comments:

Davin Peterson said...

The pictured car looks to be a 1000 series. One evening earlier this week I saw a 5000 series at L'Enfant at the front of train with no lights on

Ed said...

I think you've got an idea there. You see, Metro could solve all its budget woes if it would just convert one or two cars in each train into a bar.

Anonymous said...

Cost cutting measure?

Scott Gentzen said...

I'd ride the bar car. I wonder how that'd show up on FourSquare.

Lt. Cccyxx said...

On the way home this might actually be kind of nice, especially if I could pop open a beer (or six, at the rate it's been taking me to get home lately).

Anonymous said...

Perhaps they could paint the inside car walls with day-glo reflecting paint? Glow your way to the office - everyone looks green. Hey! Might that stop those "online dressers" who just can't get dressed at home?

Jai said...

Sometimes the cars run out of juice temporarily and the lights go dim. It usually gets better with a violent spark by a power hub. I have no idea if this has anything to do with that, though.

Anonymous said...

I don't think it has anything to do with temp losing juice. I rode in a car like this about a month ago. My entire trip (King St to Gallery Place) was in the dark.

Anonymous said...

I was thinking that it might be nice to do this as a conscious effort, much like morning and evening airline flights turn down the cabin lighting. Then I thought about the inherent dangers of dark cars leading to skeevy groping and robberies. Oh well.

Anonymous said...

We'll be dimming the cabin lights for depar...oh wait, the train is broken.

Brian said...

This happens pretty regularly on the Blue and Orange lines when they approach Rosslyn heading into downtown. They regularly end up bottlenecked before the station ("Train ahead, train ahead."), and when they stop to wait the lights often go out on the train except at each end of the car. Very odd, but after the first couple of times you get pretty used to it.

Anonymous said...

The lights in the College Park Metro garage elevators have been out this week, probably to hide the window dirt.

Anonymous said...

Press reports widely reported a WMATA plan to "defer preventive maintenance." I believe it may have also been worded that way in an initial WMATA press release. However, I was in attendance at the WMATA board meeting and the plan presented by Catoe proposes to use $12 million in capital funds to pay for scheduled parts replacement (this is currently paid for by the operating budget) and another $10 million from federal ARA funds to pay for "preventive mainteance" that is currently paid for out of the operating budget. The proposal isn't to defer mainteance but does raise questions about what capital projects won't be done as a result of using capital money for operating.

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