Thursday, January 21, 2010
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December was one of the worst months for Metro delays--mostly doors and "mechanical"--since we've been keeping tally, and that was WITH a holiday, which we don't count AND without the 31st, which we just haven't gotten around to yet.
Seriously guys, way to close out a banner year on an uptick.
It was on Dec. 17 that outgoing Metro GM John Catoe promised us things would improve every day. If anything, Metro is getting worse. Service deterioration is about the only thing moving quickly on Metro these days. Yesterday's a.m. Orange Line was a testament to decrepitude.
Here are some of the more humorous/strange/scary reasons Metro gave for delays over the past couple of months.
6:02 a.m. A Blue Line train at McPherson Square in the direction of Largo Town Center was delayed because of a train ahead that was experiencing mechanical problems.
(Yet there was no entry for the train that was experiencing the mechanical problems. Was it not delayed as well? Makes you wonder if Metro reports them all.)
8:43 a.m. A Red Line train at Bethesda in the direction of Glenmont was taken out of service because the public address system was inoperable. Customers were required to exit the train.
(Since when does this require a train to be taken out of service? Most of them don't work well enough to understand what the hell they're saying anyway.)
6:54 a.m. An Orange Line train at Vienna was put into service late because of a public health issue. (Ew and ew)
4:12 p.m. A Green Line train at Branch Ave was not put into service. (FML)
7:25 p.m. A Red Line train at Farragut North in the direction of Glenmont was taken out of service because the operator overran the platform, and customers were required to exit the train. The train was put back into service from Fort Totten. (Oops.)
11:13 p.m. A Blue Line train at McPherson Square in the direction of Largo Town Center was taken out of service because of a report of graffiti on the exterior of the train, and customers were required to exit the train. (Seriously?)
10 a.m. A Blue Line train at Braddock Road in the direction of Largo Town Center was delayed to allow the operator to investigate a strong brake odor. (Those brake particles actually scrub the lungs of other impurities.)
5:35 a.m. An Orange Line train at Vienna was not put into service because no operator was available. (Zzzzzz?)
Federal appointees to Metro Board might ... who knows? (Examiner)
President's Day work to close segments of Orange/Blue lines (WMATA)
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