This morning on the red line at Metro Center, a woman was trying to board my car. This was a difficult task, since the doors had closed on her. The entire right side of her body was outside the train, and had we started down the track, she would have split into even halves. Now, even though I’m from Texas and support prairie justice, I don’t like it when people get killed. So I tried to pull the doors apart until the woman got free. After she was in the car, I noticed who was standing next to me: a Metro employee. And I remembered that he had boarded just before the woman got caught. Through her ordeal, he stood almost as close to her as I did. Even though he was bigger than I, he didn’t help me hold those doors.
We read in December that Metro’s trains killed three workers within 14 months. We read in February that Metro’s buses killed five people within nine months. We have had doors closed on us or helped others out when the doors closed on them. And perhaps we wrote these things off as risks of urban living. But when Metro employees stand aside during obvious danger, shouldn’t we start to wonder what’s going on with our transportation agency?