Yellow Line: I don’t get no respect


Have you noticed the variable message signs at Gallery Place and Archives Metro stations do not list Yellow line trains headed to Virginia until they are about to arrive? The Green line to Branch Ave., which shares the same track, is listed up to 20 minutes in advance, but the Yellow trains to Huntington only appear on the sign with 2 or 3 minutes remaining. The northbound side does not have this problem, it is just headed southbound.

The last two times I rode Yellow back to Pentagon City I had to assure other riders on the platform that the Yellow train would actually be coming. I think this was a problem over the summer at L’Enfant too, but I have not transferred there since the last Nats game, so I can not remember for certain. Is this happening anywhere else in the system?

3 Comments so far

  1. Elizabeth (unregistered) on January 2nd, 2006 @ 5:13 pm

    I’ve only noticed it at Gallery Place, but I’ve been noticing it for the past 4 years I’ve been using that station. I assumed it had something to do with there only being one stop before it–maybe the computers can’t get it right until it actually leaves a station?

  2. Kat (unregistered) on January 2nd, 2006 @ 8:42 pm

    I just noticed this annoying quirk too with Gallery Place. It seems as if they are running 4 Green Lines for each Yellow Line. Also in the Pentagon City metro where Yellow to Blue Line is the same as well. No love at all!

  3. justindc (unregistered) on January 3rd, 2006 @ 1:26 pm

    I think this is simply due to the fact that yellow line trains turn around at Mt. Vernon Sq. (one stop from Gallery Place) and thus aren’t heading south until a minute or two before they actually roll into Gallery Place.

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