Part of the Bay Area News Group

Ever ridden on the Washington D.C. Metro?

By dcuff
Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009 at 7:53 pm in BART, rail, Safety.

A deadly train collision Monday has put the spotlight on the Washington, D.C. Metro transit system. In happier days, though, many tourists over the years are likely to have fonder memories of riding the BART-like train system in the nation’s Capitol.

If you have traveled on the Metro system, share your experiences below on what it was like.

For my part, I rode the Metro during a visit to Washington D.C. about nine years ago, and found it a clean and comfortable way to get around town and the neighboring suburbs.

When an unusual snow storm closed many roads in Washington, D.C. shortly after my arrival, Metro trains provided a fairly reliable way to move about.

And boy, was it warmer riding the trains than walking the frozen streets!

Tell us below about your experience riding the Washington D.C. Metro trains. How is it similar or different from BART, which opened in the Bay Area in 1972, four years before the Metro opened its doors?

Photo of WMATA Metro train logo by Flickr user mymetrostop used under Creative Commons license

[You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.]

4 Responses to “Ever ridden on the Washington D.C. Metro?”

  1. Chris K. Says:

    I have not ridden the Metro system. But as it is based on BART, I would not be surprised if I rode it and felt very much at home. Why is the “Recent Comments” section linking to posts that happened in 2007?

  2. ian Says:

    i rode washington metro when i was in DC for the inauguration… the design is *very* similar to BART’s, but it’s made for much higher capacity (possibly a little more urban), and the stations are a little nicer looking inside. i also think the fare system is more complicated (peak and off-peak fares)… but definitely of the same era.

  3. david vartanoff Says:

    Imagine BART but as the imperial capital, even more billions spent on a uniform architectural style and much fancier details. The stations underground are uniformly too dark to read a paper while waiting for the train, but when one is arriving, lights flash at the platform edge. Capacity per train is lower–maximum 8 car trains often 4 0r 6, BUT multiple intersecting routes like mosr subways designed for a city make for much higher usage all day long. The train which failed to stop was from the original Rohr built fleet (BART’s first builder)–there is some buzz in DC media that a scheduled inspection had been missed also that NTSB had recommended strengthening the bodies.
    And yes, having kin in DC, I have ridden much of the system. Sadly, often because of bureaucratic interference from other Fed Gov agencies, many of the stations are too deep making the system slower to use. Locals constantly complain about failed escalators-one station has the longest one in the world.

  4. Megan Says:

    Having ridden both systems within the past few weeks, I would have to say that the Metro has a 65/35 advantage over BART.

    As David stated, the underground stations are to dark and the platforms are smaller at most of those stations. They are about equal for the above ground stations. I enjoy the scheduling of the Metro than the BART. Also, I personally feel that the agents are nicer at the Metro than at the BART. Also I felt safer in DC than in San Fran.

    But Metro is one of the worst in public transportation with their escalators, as David mention. The worst longest was out of order and having to go up in heels no less.

Leave a Reply