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More Problems for Metro

by ARLnow.com November 18, 2010 at 7:41 am 2,073 17 Comments

Update at 9:10 a.m. — “Most” of Metro’s communications systems are back online, according to WMATA spokesperson Ron Holzer.

For the past two days, the SmarTrip sensors have been out of order at the Rosslyn Metro station, creating a chaotic scene during rush hour, according to TBD.

Now we’re hearing that Metro is having even more problems, this time system-wide.

According to WTOP’s Adam Tuss, Metro is experiencing problems with its communications systems this morning. Its web site is down, train arrival times aren’t showing up and the public address system is down, among other problems.

No word on when the systems will be back up.

Yesterday, a task force recommended that Metro shake up its “outdated” governance structure by, among other things, giving more power to the governors of Maryland and Virginia. By giving the governors more say over appointments to the Metro board, the influence of local elected officials could be reduced.

That recommendation was questioned by Rep. Jim Moran, who said the changes “could dilute representation of local jurisdictions on the panel.”

Arlington is represented on the Metro board by county board member Chris Zimmerman.

  • shirley

    and what about the concrete falling off of Connecticut Avenue and into the Farragut North Station.

  • Courthound

    How could the communications system be down when they keep it greased up by constantly running announcements asking me “is that my bag?”, telling me to not crowd the doors and blessing us with the golden harmonies of Janet Napolitano? That’s the soundtrack of my ride home, regardless of how high I crank my iPod.

  • Scott

    Public address system is down? Who cares, you can’t understand any announcement except the “is that your bag?”jingle.

    The Metro is just too DAMN sucky.

    • Greg

      I originally read this as “Metro is just too DAMN sticky.” Which also applies.

    • Thes

      Having those bag announcements go away would be a feature, not a bug.

  • JimPB

    Welcome to our Third World Metro in our Third World Banana Republic.

    Want Metro brought up to First World standards? Require elected officials(and candidates for office) to get out of their cars and limos and ride Metro daily.

    • Stefan Sittig

      Or you can increase taxes and force VA and MD, which contain some of the richest counties in the country, to pay more for a system that clearly serves them much more than DC and its tiny budget.

      You get what you pay for.

      Just saying.

  • NJmetsfan

    Metro is still the best way to travel, whether you are going just a few blocks for a few miles.

    • JamesE

      For a few blocks it is quicker to just walk, I will walk up to a mile to avoid the metro some times

  • NJmetsfan

    Escalator and elevator outage postings are always funny.

  • charlie

    I strongly and seriously support OBAMAMETRO — take it over. Cancel ALL the Union contracts. End the petty jurisdictional issues and do what is right for the region.

  • Dan

    Giving the governors more say over metro is the stupidest idea I’ve ever heard. The governor of Virginia (regardless of who it has been) couldn’t care less about Northern Virginia commuters. They’ve demonstrated that time and time again. Why on earth would you give them more say over a group that they have absolutely no interest in serving?

    • Eric H.

      Hear hear. Why on earth do we want to give up local control over something that provides a uniquely local service?

  • JimPB

    When did Chris Zimmerman, our Metro board member, most recently ride Metrorail and ride Metrobus — and for each, on what routes, from where to where, at what times?

    • Thes

      Jim PB: call his office, ask, and report back to us: 703-228-3130

      My guess, based on past press reports, is several times this week on both bus and rail.

    • charlie

      is this the same Zimmie who REFUSED to provide his COUNTY PAID FareCard to the press to verify and validate how he was using it and IF he was going to METRO Board meetings??

    • charlie

      JIMPB, lapdogs don’t bite, but still be careful.


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