Yellow Line to Expand

Hurrah! I can barely contain my excitement! The Yellow Line will be expanded to Fort Totten in a trial program starting in January!

For me this means no more getting off at Mount Vernon (which can be a bit sketch at night) and waiting forever for a Green Line train on trips home to U Street from NATIONAL (sorry Jeff, couldn’t resist) or Pentagon City.

Fantastic! I only wish I didn’t have to wait til next year for it to start…

4 Comments so far

  1. wayan (unregistered) on April 21st, 2006 @ 2:11 pm

    Two glaring problems with that article:

    1: “The 18-month pilot program would begin in January and would affect service on the two lines during weekday off-peak hours and on weekends.” -so during the weekdays, during rush we still have to transfer, eh? Um, kinda thanks, I think.

    2: “Contractors are responsible for maintaining 287 escalators, with Metro personnel responsible for the remainder. But in four years, Metro intends to phase out the contractors and rely solely on in-house personnel for escalator and elevator maintenance, though a 2002 task force convened by Metro found that private contractors were doing a better job of keeping the equipment running.” -Metro’s problem in a nutshell.

  2. phoenix (unregistered) on April 21st, 2006 @ 3:09 pm

    I’m with Wayan on this: I definitely hope that make it a permenent thing, but man…if Metro would either stop relying on contractors (or at least crappy ones) to do some of their service critical work, I think we wouldn’t have anything to complain about. :(

    Between these contractors and the MetroAccess contractors, it makes me wonder what kind of contract review process they’ve got down there…

  3. wayan (unregistered) on April 21st, 2006 @ 3:45 pm

    Phoenix, you have that backwards – the escalator contractors are better than the Metro employees in fixing escalators, but Metro is phasing the contractors out anyway.

  4. Don (unregistered) on April 21st, 2006 @ 3:55 pm

    I’m sure the only reason that contractors are doing better than Metro employees is the same reason for all of other Metro’s problems – Metro management. If Metro would get their house in order and crack the whip they could get some decent work out of their employees.

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