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Monday is Walk to Work Day: Sandy Edition


Due to the impeding doom that is Hurricane Sandy, dubbed Frankenstorm, Metro has proactively set to close its doors completely on Monday.  That’s right, no rail AND no bus service.  Of course, that is because only federal workers take the Metro.  Right…

This is what you see when you visit WMATA.com.  Oh, and I’m cancelling Halloween while we’re at it.

Are People Really This Effing Stupid?


The State of the DC Metro


It has been widely publicized today that WMATA is expected to announce a proposed fare increase today.   That, of course will get a collective groan from just about everyone in the metropolitan Washington, DC area.  Why?  Because every year, the fare goes up, but there seems to be more break downs, rush hour delays, brake parts falling off two rail cars. and overall madness within the metro system.  How many days in any given week can you find 2 or 3 escalators inoperable?

Metro General Manager Richard Sarles says “Better is not free.”  But if you look at the last fare increase two years ago, and ask if the system is better, few would say yes.

I do like that they plan to do away with the peak-of-the-peak surcharge.  That was simply ridiculous!  And slapping those who use the paper fare cards with a flat rate for rush our and non-rush hour is brilliant, as it hits mostly tourists.

I’m not saying there should be no fare increase.  I  would just like to see tangible results and improved customer service.  Is that too much to ask?

Morning Shot: April 21, 2010


  • This Day in History – San Jacinto Day
    This goes out to all my Texans!!! Happy San Jacinto Day! San Jacinto Day is the celebration of the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836. It was the final battle of the Texas Revolution where Texas won its independence from Mexico. It is an official holiday according to the State of Texas. True Texans, not those Johnny-come-latelys, celebrate and show their Texas Pride with a full day of living history camps, period demonstrations and family entertainment.
  • The Tax Man Cometh
    Yesterday, DC Councilmember Jim Graham (Ward 1) introduced a bill that would levy a 10-cent per gallon gas tax to help alleviate WMATA’s $189 million budget shortfall. Not to worry. It’s not as effed up as the cigarette tax from last year. This tax would only become effective once other jurisdictions in Maryland and Virginia that govern Metro implement similar legislation. Oh joy!
  • NFL, Part 1
    Yesterday, the 2010 schedule came out for the National Football League. If you’re feeling charitable, my beloved Dallas Cowboys open the new season on the road here in the nation’s capital against the Washington Deadskins on September 12th. That happens to be a mere eight days before my 40th birthday! That would be a most wonderful birthday present!! (hint hint)
  • NFL, Part Deux
    First of all, let me say that ESPN is pissing me off! I won’t even get into what they have planned for March Madness next year. I’ll just stick to the pigskin. For years and years, the first round of the NFL draft has been on 3rd or 4th Saturday of April, starting at 12 noon. That would allow the rabid fan to plan his entire day around sitting in front of the boobtube waiting for their team to be on the clock and seeing who they would pick. Not this year! The draft is tonight at 7:30pm. WTF?!?!?!?!
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