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Bad Commuter Week, Part 2

Today we talk Metro etiquette. Most people -- at least most who join this blog and my Web chats -- seem to think that everyone on the Metro is rude, inconsiderate or a brainless tourist. They don't care about getting over to the right on the escalator, they hug the poles on the trains and they talk loudly on their cell phones about what went wrong with their date last night. (Hint: You and your mindless chatter.) One of our posters, known only to us as "Metro rider," pretty much agrees with all that. The rider's twist is that he or she thinks this is just the way it should be. To wit:

"1. ESCALATORS ARE NOT STAIRS. They are designed for standing, NOT walking (left, right, or center); continued walking weakens the structure & causes accidents. Either leave a few minutes earlier or utilize the staircases (yes, I know, many metro stations don't have them.)

2. Trains & buses are PUBLIC transportation. People seem to understand this in New York, London, Minneapolis, Paris, Munich & Dublin. It is beyond me why everyone riding DC's transit expects their own little zone of privacy -- if it's that important to you, hail a cab.

3. METRO: You geniuses need to discontinue stops on the Red Line at both Metro Center & Gallery Place during rush hour. You need a Red-Yellow train that only stops at Gallery Place and a Red-Blue train that only stops at Metro Center. This would rectify the near-impossibility of boarding at one of these packed stations only to have 1/2 the train exit at the next for their connection."

Well now. I'm not sure I can go along with the escalator rant--an escalator is not a ride, it's a walking enabler and there's nothing wrong with using your two feet on them--but our friendly poster does raise some interesting points. Maybe we should be a lot more tolerant of our neighbors on the subway. Maybe all those things that seem rude, annoying and, occassionally, disgusting are the weird stuff that makes a place interesting--and the small price you pay for putting the masses in one place. And maybe Metro should think about that Metro Center-Gallery Place idea.

What do y'all think? Are we just too sensitive about the people standing next to us or is "Metro rider" nuts?

And lastly, Minneapolis?? One of these is not like the other.


By Washington Post Editors  |  June 6, 2006; 11:07 AM ET
Categories:  Commuting  
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