Something I usually mutter during my daily commute as there is always something, on a daily basis, going wrong with the system; elevators out( sorry those with mobility issues), escalators stopped for no apparent reason, delays…
Yesterday may not have topped them all, but it came close. There was a derailment early in the morning which effective shut down one of the major lines.
In the morning, meaning to take the rain in, I was alerted to this on the radio and walked in, no biggie as I do it most of the time, but had no spare set of clothes, so came to the worksite smelly and sweaty.
On the way home, the internet information said trains where moving, but slowly. Go to Metro Center Station, ask to confirm, go through the turnstiles, onto the platform and wait, and wait, and wait, but no trains. Meanwhile the platform starts to fill up dangerously (too many people) and I think that had I walked back I would have been halfway to my car by now.
Consider other options, like using another line to at least get be back into Virginia, but these are not really that workable.
Get tired of waiting, get on another line to another station to at least get me closer to Virginia and out of the system, then walk, fast.
Actually, when I started through Georgetown, the walk got interesting. There was bustle, people of all sorts out and about. At the corner of Wisconsin & M, there was a Russian dude as it turned out, playing a plastic trombone he did a rendition of ‘Hail to the Redskins’ to the amusement of a bus driver, then hit on 2 20 something girls, saying they looked so Russian.
As I passed the Ukrainian Embassy, the door, normally closed was opened and peeked in (its housed in a very historic building) and outside were 2 OMG-are-you-both-real, stunning women in their evening dress, waiting for someone to take them somewhere.
Interesting too to see the shops, normally closed when I walk by in the morning open. The restaurants were enticing, but with me alone…
Now this morning, sat in the damned train for about an hour as things were still not right…could have walked in quicker- again.
Now why does this have to happen so regularly? In any Japanese city with a mas transit system, this would not happen, period. And if it did, it’d be national news and people would be held accountable.
Washington DC is probably the only capital city on the developed world that has a third world mass transit system.