Then there was the infamous red line crash of 2009. Then I moved to Van Dorn, near the end of the line. And then they raised prices while the system continued to deteriorate.
Now, I can't wait to never ride that godawful excuse for a rail system again. EVER. Here's why:
It's Expensive As Fuck
When the Batmobile costs less on a per-mile basis, you're doing it wrong. And trust me, riding in the Batmobile is wayyyyyyy cooler than dealing with shit like this every day.
Nearly Everyone It Employs Is Either Stupid, Mean, or Both
It's like they have a personal vendetta against every single person who rides in the system. Dealing with them is something you want to avoid like the plague. I always feel bad for the tourists who ask them questions, not knowing any better. It's the ultimate "welcome to DC" middle finger.
He'll wake up when it's break time, but not a moment before then!
Shit is All Busted
This applies to everything Metro-related. The tracks are all busted and trains like to derail. The trains are all busted and are either 500 degrees inside or the doors don't work and you get to offload. Onto a dangerously crowded platform. And try not to get pushed onto the rails.
And sometimes you have to wait ten minutes to make a transfer during rush hour, which inevitably means you arrive just in time to watch your bus drive away. This leads to a level of rage I cannot properly describe in words.
My personal favorite bustedness is when my SmarTrip card gets fucked up, because it always leads to a wonderfully awkward situation: having to piggyback out of the system. Allow me to 'splain.
But I'm not about to go wake up the Metro employee to tell them something went wrong with my card. So I just skip on down to the train and start psyching myself out to piggyback again at my destination -- intentionally this time.
Here's the thing though: Van Dorn station isn't nearly as crowded as Union Station. People don't line up nuts to butts. And you really only have like one second of extra time before the gate closes on you ... sooooo ...
I get to be the ONLY creeper trying to hump the person in front of me. But I have to make sure it looks unintentional.
It's quite a feat, and when it's done right, you score yourself a free trip.
TOTALLY RIGHTEOUS, BROTHER!
AND TOTALLY NOT WORTH THE TROUBLE!
The Bad People Want to Rob You
Think you're going to spend your commute listening to music and surfing the web on your iPhone?
THINK AGAIN BECAUSE I JUST STOLE THAT SHIT! BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!
In their matching shirts with their lack of escalator etiquette ... GO BACK TO KANSAS YOU COUSIN-FUCKERS!
After my last Metro ride on Friday, I think I'm going to throw my SmarTrip card in a fire or something. Unless someone has a better idea of how I should destroy it. Something really cathartic and awesome. Low-grade explosives? Ripped apart by hyenas? Chopped into a million small pieces with a very large ax?? Because seriously -- I am never riding that death trap again.
Pride of our nation's capital!
I've got a better idea, anyway.