what is wrong with the metro

what is wrong with the metro

Originally uploaded by DCMetbloger.

Could someone please explain to me why i should be waiting 7 minutes for a train at 7pm on a tuesday? Instead of watching lights flicker, shouldn’t i be well on my way to my destination? Wouldn’t more trains per hour _and_ more cars per train speed things up?

Could metro then come something close to the amazing efficiency of the ancient moscow metropolitain or the reliability of the creaky nyc subway? We can only hope.

3 Comments so far

  1. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on January 31st, 2006 @ 10:30 pm

    It comes down to money.

    More trains means more drivers.

    More cars means more expensive, patented cars made in Italy…

    All of that means it suddenly costs $4 for the minimum fares…

  2. John (unregistered) on January 31st, 2006 @ 11:01 pm

    I agree. I’d pay more if it meant I could get home from work faster on off-peak hours. I know I’m not the only person to regularly work until 7pm.

  3. wayan (unregistered) on January 31st, 2006 @ 11:25 pm

    Ah, its not money Tom, its efficiency. Drivers & trains don’t cost as much as you think and their costs are fixed anyway.

    Making sure that each car is filled with the maximum number of riders is the way Metro can increase profitability. Increase ridership by making Metro convenient & reliable. Convenient = more frequent trains. Reliable = maintenance + good procedures.

    Give me 5 minute waits, max, and I would actually use Metro on the weekends. Now, one line change and I’m looking at 30 min at least. Taxi!

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