They can’t seem to turn the air on at my metro station, it’s been this way for a couple of weeks now in record-breaking hot weather. There used to be air circulation at that station, but they haven’t bothered turning it on or fixing whatever the problem is. Meanwhile the station manager woke up from his nap in his air conditioned office for a moment to listen to my complaint.

(And before anyone from New York says anything, I’m aware that y’all never had any air circulation in your system and that we’re all big wussies here. But we once did have that technology working, but now it doesn’t work. That’s the point I’m trying to make – our system is crumbling. Plus, we’re further south and it’s hotter here…we need air circulation in our stations.)

The mass transit system in DC has really gotten worse the past couple of years. There’s nothing but arrogance and contempt for the rider from both MetroRail management and their employee’s union. Their union once defended employees who were fired from their job for talking on their cell phones while driving. The excuse was, “the employees weren’t told they shouldn’t do that.” It’s fucking common sense, greatly lacking in WMATA and it’s employees.

You know what outraged riders and taxpayers need to do? Wait for another hot week and cut off the fucking air conditioning for the station managers and at WMATA administrative offices. How do you like that, bitches? You take your time waiting to fix problems at the stations, so I’m a ball of sweat by the time I get to work, maybe you guys should see what it’s like.

Apparently I’m not alone in how I feel about our degrading mass transit experience. It’s been one year since the horrifying crash on our system and they’ve only gotten worse. There are a lot of talented, hard-working people out there who could do a better job than you guys, you all need to be fired and ushered out of the building.

3 Comments

  1. Jack Pfferberg says:

    I was just in DC this past weekend, holy cow, I nearly died. My sister got married on Saturday at Dumbarton Oaks. Two guests fainted, one groomsman got sick right before the ceremony, it was so hot and miserable. Most of the out of town guests were traveling from Seattle & Portland we are weather weenies here. I was taking cold showers every 3 or 4 hours. DC is a great city, but never again during the summer. Also why isn’t there a metro in Georgetown? Had to walk to Foggy Bottom, dripping sweat by the time we reached Target in Columbia Heights.

  2. brettcajun says:

    Oh, Jimbo… when you rant and rave like this… it kind of turns me on. Are you this aggressive outside of the blog? 😉

  3. Daniel Books aka Dax says:

    I take the MARC train from Penn to Union and the red line to Bethesda.. it is not only getting worse with each passing season, they raise the fares on us then cry they dont have enough money for stuff.. what the Frack are they doing with all the money? My theory is the WMATA & MARC snorting cocaine of each others asses.

    Then there is the lack of communication regarding delays and and track problems. Its sad when I find our the MARC train delays and track issues from my Sisterin-law cause she heard it on the local news… in San Francisco!