Thursday, May 30, 2013

Is Rush+ Over on the Orange Line?

From Brian:
Just an open question from an Orange Line rider (East Falls Church station). 
Over the past few months, it seems like the frequency of trains going into DC has slowed.  I get on around 7:30 a.m. each day, and lately I've gotten onto an already crowded train that's 5-6 minutes after the preceding train, and the monitor shows another 5-7 minutes until the next one comes.  Granted, there are other windows where a train might be 2-3 minutes behind, but all in all, it sure seems like WMATA has quietly reduced the number of trains coming through. 

This link about the Silver Line says there would be 19 Orane Line trains per hour during Rush Plus.  I really have a hard time believing that there are 19 Orange Line trains per hour right now. 
I have a job and don't have time to monitor this, but I'm curious if anyone has the ability or wherewithal to simply plant themselves at one of the Arlington Orange Line stations (Clarendon, EFC, whatever) and simply count the number of inbound trains from, say, 7:00-9:00 a.m. 
If WMATA is correct, then 38 trains should come through over that 2-hour period, give or take one or two.  I dunno; just curious if anyone else has noticed anything, and I'm weary from being on one packed train after another.

Editor's Note: Posting is going to be hit or miss for the next little while as real life has been encroaching on Unsuck time.

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