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Re: [Bloomberg news] ... MTA vs. WMATA: Why Metro Is Terrible

Posted by Wayne-MrSlantR40 on Sun Jul 22 14:54:46 2012, in response to [Bloomberg news] ... MTA vs. WMATA: Why Metro Is Terrible, posted by Gold_12TH on Fri Jul 20 18:19:23 2012.

I don't know about "terrible" - I was on it Friday (all 5 lines and all 6 car types) and didn't find conditions that appalling - despite Mt Vernon Square station being closed due to water on the mezzanine floor. The one condition that struck me as being needed of remediation was the darkness of some of the stations - a few of which are approaching bear's cave status. The lower level of Metro Centre is dark to the point of nearly being unable to see. The concrete at Judiciary Square is so darkened by track dust and dirt that one has a hard time seeing the person in front of them. Things are only marginally better at places like Rosslyn and Foggy Bottom. The lower level vaults under the pod at Gallery Place-Chinatown are abstitively filthy. Up top, plants and vines are growing out of joints and groins at West Hyattsville, and the terraced garden at Prince George's Plaza has become overgrown. The system itself was functioning properly - trains were frequent and without delay. The air conditioning worked marvelously - especially in the 1K and 6K cars. I'd give Metro a solid "B" - far from terrible. A little spit, polish and whitewash will go a long way.

Photos of FRIDAY 20 JULY DC/BALTO TRIP will be forthcoming.

wayne

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