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The Metro system, once a reliable point of pride for D.C.’s boosters, has had a rough few years: Safety problems, escalator outages, and rising prices have made the subway a regular subject of local griping. At times, it can be hard to keep up with the torrent of unflattering Metro-related scoops. As a public service, Washington City Paper is offering beleaguered riders this irregular round-up of recent media lowlights:
- Someone took a dump at the Franconia-Springfield station and the mess didn’t get cleaned up for four days. Turns out we may be riding at the mercy of a “serial pooper.”
- A new GAO report said Metro’s board “lacks a key mechanism for regular, ongoing measurement of its performance.”
- Metro’s bus drivers say they’re tired of getting beat up.
- Federal and local officials are still haggling about the location of the proposed Silver Line station at Dulles.
- 351 of Metro’s 401 hybrid buses have defective engines.
- Metro Transit Police teamed up with Prince George’s County cops for a show of force called “Blue TIDE.”
In better news this week, Metro apologized for a particularly bad morning delay on the Red and Green lines. A woman jumped onto the tracks at Dupont Circle Thursday night, but the train operator stopped in time and the woman was unharmed. And the agency invited 50 myopic little twits to participate in a pilot program for reloading SmarTrip cards online.