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Old March 18th, 2016, 12:16 AM   #281
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Because this is America where we fetishize our cars and ignore, or poorly build our public transit infrastructure, while blowing money on highways instead.
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Old March 18th, 2016, 11:38 AM   #282
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Because this is America where we fetishize our cars and ignore, or poorly build our public transit infrastructure, while blowing money on highways instead.
I'm pretty sure that's documentable - there are multiple books related to the issue.

And even though I'm a railroad fan, and a railroad modeler, I'm going to toss in this thought: the auto industry, and the industry and infrastructure to support the beast, uh, I mean, machine, likely creates a rather higher number of jobs than the rail industry does.
And then I'm going to ask this: are the beast and those jobs worth to society their price to society?

And then I look at the first post on this thread - from 11 years ago - and I think that saying, "the only constant is change", could have the companion, "the only other constant is human nature".
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Old March 28th, 2016, 05:49 PM   #283
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Happy 40th birthday to the Washington Metro

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Old April 3rd, 2016, 02:08 AM   #284
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One can't keep deferring maintenance and then saying "we just figured out a massive problem that needs to be fixed in a very disruptive manner right now" later on.
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Old April 5th, 2016, 11:16 PM   #285
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This is the cleanest metro in East Coast.
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Old April 7th, 2016, 11:16 PM   #286
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To be clean is one thing; to be operated and managed well is another.
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Old April 8th, 2016, 09:05 AM   #287
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To be clean is one thing; to be operated and managed well is another.
Its without a doubt the most dysfunctional Metro on the East Coast.
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Is it? From reading stuff online it seems Boston could be as well.
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Old April 8th, 2016, 09:33 PM   #289
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Is it? From reading stuff online it seems Boston could be as well.
Boston is only slightly better due to its larger size and not every line experiences serious problems... Only the Orange & Red lines...
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The fact that the FRA had to step in tells you EVERYTHING you need to know about WMATA management.
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Is Washington the most bureaucratic city in America?
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LMAO you're talking about the capital of the United Sates.... what do YOU think?
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Old April 10th, 2016, 11:18 AM   #293
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Is Washington the most bureaucratic city in America?
Sometimes you make really wonder...
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Is Washington the most bureaucratic city in America?
No?
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4th Quarter Daily Public Transit Ridership for DC Metro

Washington DC / WMATA DC Metro - 836,800 (2015)
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Happy 25th birthday to the Mount Vernon Square, Shaw-Howard University and U Street stations. All three opened 1991.05.11.
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I've used Washington Metro for the 1st time this weekend.. Very clean, cool architecture but I've never understood once the train operator (english is not my first language but still it was never comprehensible..)
I've also waited more than 15minutes near Washington Monument in the middle of a saturday.. Really surprised, is it normal ?
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Weekend train service is less , so its not really all that uncommon to wait more then 15mins...
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I've used Washington Metro for the 1st time this weekend.. Very clean, cool architecture but I've never understood once the train operator (english is not my first language but still it was never comprehensible..)
I've also waited more than 15minutes near Washington Monument in the middle of a saturday.. Really surprised, is it normal ?
15-minute headways are considered the norm for weekends. Or rather, they were before Metro started having major issues about 10 years ago. Now, 20 minutes is more the norm for weekends.

The train operators vary greatly in their announcement style. Most are pretty bad at annunciating, in my opinion. Wish they'd go to recorded station announcements (like what I experienced in Japan) at least.
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Is Washington the most bureaucratic city in America?
Not really... well, it *is* bureaucratic, but not any more than most other large US cities (even though a large of bureaucracy is handled here, I don't think it makes it the most bureaucratic). If anything NYC, LA, and Boston seem more bureaucratic.

Metro's problems more directly relate to its governing agency and its dysfunctional culture (and no dedicated funding) than they do to Washington being bureaucratic in general.
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