Keeping Metro Boring

If you’ve ever seen a movie in DC that used the actual DC Metro raise your hand.

Okay, that’s two of you.

Want to know why you never see the real DC Metro in the movies? Here you go. It’s a story all about the agency in DC dedicated to making sure that no rules get broken in the movies on Metro.

See, I’d be okay with this if Metro actually enforced its own rules so furiously. But they don’t. How many times have I seen a guy chowing down on a sandwich on the Metro, or some guy finishing off the last of a can of Coke, slipping the can clandestinely into the platform trash can.

With rentals at $1,000/hr for movie production, and the city cashing in to the tune of $63M a year in films, it’d be nice if movie crews didn’t have to hike it up to Baltimore and pay their transit authority to fake like they’re in Washington. Didn’t Metro just announce that they’re short cash? Wouldn’t this be a perfect way to gin up some cash for some new cars?

Think, Metro! Think! “Sure, we’ll let you do something against the rules, but if you want to break our regs it’ll cost you double.”

They want the look and feel. They don’t want to move the crew to Charm City. They’ll pay!

5 Comments so far

  1. RumorsDaily (doorframe) on April 1st, 2008 @ 10:51 am

    You’re ok with rules that say you can’t eat a sandwich, or, god forbid, french fries, on the subway? Yuck. They don’t deserve the movie money.

    Let me eat a sandwich.


  2. bhrome on April 1st, 2008 @ 11:15 am

    From the WaPo article:

    Maryland transit officials say they don’t mind being the understudy. They have the same rules banning eating and drinking, but they figure moviegoers will use common sense.

    ‘By no means do we view this as an endorsement to do risky acts,’ said MTA spokeswoman Jawauna Greene. ‘Art often imitates life but it certainly doesn’t dictate how people live their lives.’

    Exactly. Why can’t Metro get its collective head out of its butt and get us the money, rather than giving it to smug Baltimorians? Good grief, Metro. Quit treating your patrons like we’re mindless sheep.


  3. Tiffany Bridge (tiffany) on April 1st, 2008 @ 12:22 pm

    I’m actually completely in favor of rules banning eating and drinking- the way people cram into cars and the way the trains lurch when starting and stopping, it prevents other people’s hot coffee from getting spilled in my lap, people don’t leave their half-eaten Big Macs laying around, etc. I’m delighted that Metro forbids eating and drinking.


  4. Monica (monica) on April 7th, 2008 @ 3:44 pm

    I’m with Tiffany. I don’t want Metro to look or smell like Boston’s T.

    And I actually know someone who was fined by Metro for getting on a train with a Starbucks cup of coffee.

    Can you imagine the delays if production companies hijacked Metro stations for filming? I have no problem with Baltimore providing a stand in for our public transportation.


  5. RumorsDaily (doorframe) on April 7th, 2008 @ 5:40 pm

    Guh? I LIKE the T. Maybe this is the underlying issue that we’re having.

    I sort of understand the issues involving smelly food, but if I have a regular old donut, for example, I’d really like to be able to eat it. Or, say, a bottle of coke?

    I’d pretty much like the Metro to leave me alone and institute as few rules as possible. If I can eat food and drink a drink without negatively impinging on my neighbor, I’d like to be able to do so.



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