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2021-10-18 8:22:26 AM  
America. Where metro's are 3rd world country levels.

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What a terrible shiatty place.

Oh and the ring rail road?

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Terrible.
 
2021-10-18 8:22:36 AM  
How many people in DC can work from home anyways? Though the decision to have trains arrive every 30 minutes is a poor one.
 
2021-10-18 8:23:41 AM  

skinink: How many people in DC can work from home anyways? Though the decision to have trains arrive every 30 minutes is a poor one.


How can they go more frequently if they took out 40% of the trains?

/other than of course investing in infrastructure, expanding the lines, and having backup stock?
 
2021-10-18 8:27:00 AM  

ColonelCathcart: skinink: How many people in DC can work from home anyways? Though the decision to have trains arrive every 30 minutes is a poor one.

How can they go more frequently if they took out 40% of the trains?

/other than of course investing in infrastructure, expanding the lines, and having backup stock?


You must be joking. Billionaires don't use trains so there's no need to spend the money to keep them running.  :p
 
2021-10-18 8:27:37 AM  

MechaPyx: ColonelCathcart: skinink: How many people in DC can work from home anyways? Though the decision to have trains arrive every 30 minutes is a poor one.

How can they go more frequently if they took out 40% of the trains?

/other than of course investing in infrastructure, expanding the lines, and having backup stock?

You must be joking. Billionaires don't use trains so there's no need to spend the money to keep them running.  :p


I am being 100% serious.

/I also know that you are 100% correct.
 
2021-10-18 8:29:00 AM  
This will allow only a basic service pattern on all lines, departing about every 30 minutes.

Don't trains usually stop every 5 minutes or so?  If there are half as many trains, shouldn't that just double the amount of time between trains?  Why is the wait increased by a factor of 6?
 
2021-10-18 8:29:22 AM  
Aren't most federal workers still at home? I know the MARC station lot near my job is fairly empty now and a few years ago it was packed.
 
2021-10-18 8:32:56 AM  

groppet: Aren't most federal workers still at home? I know the MARC station lot near my job is fairly empty now and a few years ago it was packed.


Yes. This is an unpleasant situation, but ridership on Metro is still only 1/3 of what it was pre-Covid (though that's up fro 1/10). It will, as usual, mainly be a burden on people who don't or can't afford to drive.
 
2021-10-18 8:36:07 AM  
Good on them for dropping the news at like 8 PM on Sunday night, giving everyone an entire ten hours' notice.
 
2021-10-18 8:39:35 AM  

MechaPyx: ColonelCathcart: skinink: How many people in DC can work from home anyways? Though the decision to have trains arrive every 30 minutes is a poor one.

How can they go more frequently if they took out 40% of the trains?

/other than of course investing in infrastructure, expanding the lines, and having backup stock?

You must be joking. Billionaires don't use trains so there's no need to spend the money to keep them running.  :p


Billionaires should just think of them as efficient money conveyor belts bringing dollars and humans to their businesses.
 
2021-10-18 8:42:49 AM  
I never plan on taking the DC metro in the morning.

/lives in salt lake city
 
2021-10-18 8:46:37 AM  
"Literal nightmare."  All those sleeping people on the train.
 
2021-10-18 8:49:22 AM  
Well, 60% of the railcars refused to get vaccinated against coronavirus, so now they're not allowed to work. Sorry railcars, you gotta get the Fauci Ouchie if you wanna work!
 
2021-10-18 8:53:28 AM  
How long till the "real" story comes out and it was a walk out over vaccine mandates.

Seems to be was all the cool new conspiracies are
 
2021-10-18 8:54:53 AM  

taintbaggins: I never plan on taking the DC metro in the morning.

/lives in salt lake city


Hey I just moved to provo!

And I haven't taken the DC metro in like 15 years.
 
2021-10-18 8:57:12 AM  

ColonelCathcart: skinink: How many people in DC can work from home anyways? Though the decision to have trains arrive every 30 minutes is a poor one.

How can they go more frequently if they took out 40% of the trains?

/other than of course investing in infrastructure, expanding the lines, and having backup stock?


You forget WMATA now exists solely as a jobs program, not to move passengers.
 
2021-10-18 9:01:03 AM  

Muta: This will allow only a basic service pattern on all lines, departing about every 30 minutes.

Don't trains usually stop every 5 minutes or so?  If there are half as many trains, shouldn't that just double the amount of time between trains?  Why is the wait increased by a factor of 6?


During peak hours their cadence is every 8 minutes. So, taking nearly 2/3 out of service, "about every 30 minutes" tracks.
 
2021-10-18 9:01:25 AM  

Axeofjudgement: taintbaggins: I never plan on taking the DC metro in the morning.

/lives in salt lake city

Hey I just moved to provo!

And I haven't taken the DC metro in like 15 years.


From your profile pic, you'll fit right in.

Please update me on cool coffeeshops to visit when I pass through. Or ANY place to get coffee.
 
2021-10-18 9:04:20 AM  

Muta: This will allow only a basic service pattern on all lines, departing about every 30 minutes.

Don't trains usually stop every 5 minutes or so?  If there are half as many trains, shouldn't that just double the amount of time between trains?  Why is the wait increased by a factor of 6?


According to their website, the Red Line runs every 6 minutes until 2130, then every 10 minutes until end of service at midnight. The other lines (Orange, Silver, Yellow, Blue, Green) run every 10 minutes at rush periods and 12-15 minutes otherwise.

The real problem is it's more than half of the cars, and that train systems like to run the same cars on a given line if they can, so what they'll have to do is spread their other rolling stock to the lines that are normally served by the 7000-series cars.

It's bizarre to me that they pulled them out of service that late on a Sunday, and about the only reason I can think of is somebody found a flaw that presents a real risk of an immediate failure. They had an accident on the 12th where a train derailed due to an "out of spec" axle and I'm wondering if an inspection turned up a large number of bad axles, enough to scare Metro into yanking the trains out of service.
 
2021-10-18 9:09:01 AM  
Why are we linking to Michelle Malkin's garbage Twitch aggregating propaganda outlet?
 
2021-10-18 9:09:12 AM  
Berlin - Metro
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2021-10-18 9:16:17 AM  

I hereby demand that I be given a Fark account: It's bizarre to me that they pulled them out of service that late on a Sunday, and about the only reason I can think of is somebody found a flaw that presents a real risk of an immediate failure. They had an accident on the 12th where a train derailed due to an "out of spec" axle and I'm wondering if an inspection turned up a large number of bad axles, enough to scare Metro into yanking the trains out of service.


This is pretty much exactly what happened. There was the derailment you mentioned involving a "7000-series" train (the newest car type that makes up 60% of the fleet, and since then, they've found axle defects on several more 7000-series cars that present a risk of failure additional derailments, on cars that weren't involved in the original incident. So they've removed all the 7000-series cars from service until they can figure out an inspection protocol or come up with a way to fix it.

They're left with older cars (some dating back to the 80s) to cover service. The reason they don't have near enough to maintain service is that a lot of the older cars have been retired/replaced by the 7000-series due to design flaws that made them unsafe, that didn't become apparent until a string of fatal accidents.
 
2021-10-18 9:16:30 AM  
If the 7000 series cars are bad...oof they're the newer cars in the system.
 
2021-10-18 9:21:11 AM  

GreenSun: Fauci Ouchie


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2021-10-18 9:22:23 AM  

wxboy: I hereby demand that I be given a Fark account: It's bizarre to me that they pulled them out of service that late on a Sunday, and about the only reason I can think of is somebody found a flaw that presents a real risk of an immediate failure. They had an accident on the 12th where a train derailed due to an "out of spec" axle and I'm wondering if an inspection turned up a large number of bad axles, enough to scare Metro into yanking the trains out of service.

This is pretty much exactly what happened. There was the derailment you mentioned involving a "7000-series" train (the newest car type that makes up 60% of the fleet, and since then, they've found axle defects on several more 7000-series cars that present a risk of failure additional derailments, on cars that weren't involved in the original incident. So they've removed all the 7000-series cars from service until they can figure out an inspection protocol or come up with a way to fix it.

They're left with older cars (some dating back to the 80s) to cover service. The reason they don't have near enough to maintain service is that a lot of the older cars have been retired/replaced by the 7000-series due to design flaws that made them unsafe, that didn't become apparent until a string of fatal accidents.


tl/dr: They removed the newer defective cars from service and are only running the remaining older defective cars for now.
 
2021-10-18 9:22:51 AM  

ColonelCathcart: America. Where metro's are 3rd world country levels.

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What a terrible shiatty place.

Oh and the ring rail road?

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Terrible.


The DC Metro is one of the better light-rail systems in the country.  Provided they can get rolling stock that can work, of course.
 
2021-10-18 9:27:50 AM  
I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to the lady we inconvenienced for a second during our last visit. My partner and I were disoriented, and stopped just after getting off a Metro escalator. It was incredibly rude of us; we should have known better, moved aside, and we crave pardon.
 
2021-10-18 9:28:25 AM  
Of all the places to link to, we chose Michelle Malkin's site??
 
2021-10-18 9:43:18 AM  
"The DC Metro announced late Sunday night that commuting on Monday will be a literal nightmare as 60% of their railcars will be pulled out of service as part of an ongoing investigation into a recent derailment"

Literal: adhering to fact or to the ordinary construction or primary meaning of a term or expression; free from exaggeration or embellishment.
 
2021-10-18 9:44:50 AM  

fustanella: I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to the lady we inconvenienced for a second during our last visit. My partner and I were disoriented, and stopped just after getting off a Metro escalator. It was incredibly rude of us; we should have known better, moved aside, and we crave pardon.


I get that people become disoriented, but the one place you cannot stop to think is at the top or bottom of an escalator. That steady supply of people behind you won't stop coming because you can't decide what direction to walk in. Always walk ten steps and at least move out of the way, otherwise it's like stopping a train on a track with a bunch of other trains piling up behind it.

It happens in DC quite a lot, and I don't get it. People who use escalators all over the country suddenly forget what they're doing when they reach the DC metro system.
 
2021-10-18 9:46:32 AM  

wxboy: groppet: Aren't most federal workers still at home? I know the MARC station lot near my job is fairly empty now and a few years ago it was packed.

Yes. This is an unpleasant situation, but ridership on Metro is still only 1/3 of what it was pre-Covid (though that's up fro 1/10). It will, as usual, mainly be a burden on people who don't or can't afford to drive.


Yeah, makes me glad I don't work downtown anymore. Last offer I got to transfer downtown I passed because it was just not worth it most of my raise would have been spent on the metro. It will probably be packed in like sardines and just be fun for all.
 
2021-10-18 9:48:40 AM  

fustanella: I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to the lady we inconvenienced for a second during our last visit. My partner and I were disoriented, and stopped just after getting off a Metro escalator. It was incredibly rude of us; we should have known better, moved aside, and we crave pardon.


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2021-10-18 9:51:12 AM  
Feral ghouls in the tunnels again?
 
2021-10-18 9:52:46 AM  

Mouser: ColonelCathcart: America. Where metro's are 3rd world country levels.

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What a terrible shiatty place.

Oh and the ring rail road?

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Terrible.

The DC Metro is one of the better light-rail systems in the country.  Provided they can get rolling stock that can work, of course.


Better? Ya, because it's limited and doesn't go to a lot of places. Outside of peak hours, it's like a train ever 30 minutes anyways. Please it's unsafe at night.
 
2021-10-18 9:53:56 AM  
Isn't public transportation just swell?
 
2021-10-18 9:55:38 AM  

Cestius_Ataturk: ColonelCathcart: skinink: How many people in DC can work from home anyways? Though the decision to have trains arrive every 30 minutes is a poor one.

How can they go more frequently if they took out 40% of the trains?

/other than of course investing in infrastructure, expanding the lines, and having backup stock?

You forget WMATA now exists solely as a jobs program, not to move passengers.


Good point.
 
2021-10-18 9:55:39 AM  

taintbaggins: I never plan on taking the DC metro in the morning.

/lives in salt lake city


Give it time. At the current rate of sprawl, everywhere will be a suburb of everywhere else before long.
 
2021-10-18 9:56:05 AM  
Having the day off, I was going to do a used book store tour of DC, possibly with mofongo for lunch at La Famosa by the Navy Yard.

Well, shiat.
Because I'd rather stick my pecker in a sink garbage disposal than drive in DC.
 
2021-10-18 9:58:28 AM  

137 Is An Excellent Time: Isn't public transportation just swell?


In other countries, yes.

Japan, Germany*, Russia, China, France*, Spain*, Netherlands*, Belgium*, Worst Korea, Taiwan, Switzerland, and Finland all have fantastic public transportation even in cities with fewer than 50,000 citizens.

*When they're not on strike.
 
2021-10-18 10:08:10 AM  
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2021-10-18 10:19:05 AM  

Miss_Dorothy_Kilgallen: "The DC Metro announced late Sunday night that commuting on Monday will be a literal nightmare as 60% of their railcars will be pulled out of service as part of an ongoing investigation into a recent derailment"

Literal: adhering to fact or to the ordinary construction or primary meaning of a term or expression; free from exaggeration or embellishment.


Maybe Freddy is hanging out in the 7000 series.
 
2021-10-18 10:21:10 AM  
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2021-10-18 10:23:58 AM  

fustanella: I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to the lady we inconvenienced for a second during our last visit. My partner and I were disoriented, and stopped just after getting off a Metro escalator. It was incredibly rude of us; we should have known better, moved aside, and we crave pardon.


Too late your picture was taken and the next time you are seen in town you will be marked for death, you committed the one death penalty crime in DC.
 
2021-10-18 10:52:40 AM  

steklo: [Fark user image 700x709]


I did this with vanilla pudding once.

Blue powerade in the Windex bottle was funnier though.
 
2021-10-18 10:54:42 AM  
The last few years, WMATA was using the slogan "Back 2 Good" to promote their repair efforts.  More of a "gesturing vaguely toward adequacy" vibe than "make Metro great again."  That didn't inspire confidence; neither does this.
 
2021-10-18 10:55:07 AM  

Lsherm: fustanella: I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to the lady we inconvenienced for a second during our last visit. My partner and I were disoriented, and stopped just after getting off a Metro escalator. It was incredibly rude of us; we should have known better, moved aside, and we crave pardon.

I get that people become disoriented, but the one place you cannot stop to think is at the top or bottom of an escalator. That steady supply of people behind you won't stop coming because you can't decide what direction to walk in. Always walk ten steps and at least move out of the way, otherwise it's like stopping a train on a track with a bunch of other trains piling up behind it.

It happens in DC quite a lot, and I don't get it. People who use escalators all over the country suddenly forget what they're doing when they reach the DC metro system.


Escalators are not normal for many people. I've never had a situation on an escalator where there was that kind of a steady stream of people and I have always stopped and thought about where to go, mostly because I rarely go anywhere but the men's department which is usually on the first floor. I've used an escalator maybe three times outside of a not busy department store.
 
2021-10-18 11:11:36 AM  

Lab Monkey: The last few years, WMATA was using the slogan "Back 2 Good" to promote their repair efforts.  More of a "gesturing vaguely toward adequacy" vibe than "make Metro great again."  That didn't inspire confidence; neither does this.


WMATA: "Because broken down trains won't burn you to death, so shuddup. "
 
2021-10-18 12:08:13 PM  

Lsherm: fustanella: I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to the lady we inconvenienced for a second during our last visit. My partner and I were disoriented, and stopped just after getting off a Metro escalator. It was incredibly rude of us; we should have known better, moved aside, and we crave pardon.

I get that people become disoriented, but the one place you cannot stop to think is at the top or bottom of an escalator. That steady supply of people behind you won't stop coming because you can't decide what direction to walk in. Always walk ten steps and at least move out of the way, otherwise it's like stopping a train on a track with a bunch of other trains piling up behind it.

It happens in DC quite a lot, and I don't get it. People who use escalators all over the country suddenly forget what they're doing when they reach the DC metro system.


This happens in NYC too.  No mercy there though; the people behind them just keep walking 😂
 
2021-10-18 12:09:44 PM  

ToughActinProlactin: steklo: [Fark user image 700x709]

I did this with vanilla pudding once.

Blue powerade in the Windex bottle was funnier though.


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2021-10-18 12:15:36 PM  

ViolentEastCoastCity: This happens in NYC too.  No mercy there though; the people behind them just keep walking 😂


That's what they do here in DC, too. What's amazing is that the people who stop don't understand why the people behind them are so pissed off. Like, I'm from the midwest and every time I drive to my home state I am flabbergasted by the number of people who play with their phones at stoplights and don't go on green, or just stop in the middle of the road because they don't know what direction they want to go in. Then they get irritated if you start honking and give you the finger because everyone should be able to stop on a thoroughfare as long as they are confused.
 
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