I went nearly two blessed years without having commute regularly into Washington from our home in Northern Virginia, so I had forgotten how incompetent the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is at running a functional and efficient Metro system. WMATA has worked overtime to remind me since in the four months since my return to the commuting life.
I spend most of my commute on Virginia Railway Express — that’s another whiny story — but I do take a brief trips on Metro each day, from L’Enfant Plaza to Metro Center and back. I exit Metro Center at G and 12 streets. The escalators there have worked maybe 15 percent of the time since I joined the David All Group.
Today I noticed the chicken-scratched sign above. Metro’s incompetence even extends to signage. What, you raise our fares twice this summer but still can’t afford a good sign?
Sadly, the failures of our capital city’s public transportation are escalating (pun intended). Here’s a telling nugget from a May column in the Washington Examiner:
All the more reason to appreciate the all-too-brief respite I had as a telecommuter.
Filed under: D.C. Commuter Diary and Government