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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:
- A Metrobus stand-off occurred when a driver refused to let a woman and her service animal board, because the driver didn’t think the dog was a real service animal.
- Metro Transit Police is increasing their presence in the District’s “trouble spots.”
- Metro’s taken to hiring a consultant to create a “business case” on its goal to provide mass transit.
- The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating three Metrorail accidents.
- If the government shuts down, Metro will keep running. But a shutdown could cost WMATA a “quarter million dollars” per day.
- Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell circumvented the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, getting Virginia’s legislature to vote him powers to appoint a seat on the Metro Board of Directors.
In Metro Mixed News, Dulles Airport’s Metro station will be underground after all. That saves pedestrians about 500 feet from the elevated station proposal, but adds $330 million to construction costs.
In Metro Good News, Yonathan Elias found himself on an empty Metro car, and videotaped himself “going crazy.” As with all good YouTube videos, there is an auto-tuned remix. If that’s not enough Metro music for you, Jason Mendelson is writing a song about each Metro station. If you’re more of a movie person, you’ll soon be able to rent a DVD at some Metro stations.