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:
- A Metrobus hit a pedestrian yesterday afternoon, sending him to the hospital.
- The driver responsible for a fatal Metrobus crash in 2008 has been arrested.
- Turns out the underground Dulles Metro Station decision wasn’t so final after all.
- Eight people were hurt in a Metrobus crash in Columbia Heights Wednesday.
- A series of escalator breakdowns paralyzed the Woodley Park-Adams Morgan station, prompting a “clusterfrack.”
- Two people were shot outside the Shaw-Howard Metro station last Saturday. None of the security cameras there were pointed in the right direction.
- Tourists are returning to the Metro in droves. They’re going to stand on the escalator’s left side.
As for Metro Good News… well, Capital Bikeshare’s launching a major expansion. Maybe you could just use them instead.