The quality of Metro announcements is one of the most discussed topics on Dr. Gridlock. While some readers applaud those train operators who speak loud and clearly, others complain about the lack of enunciation, operators who speak too fast and the poor quality of
some of the audio equipment in the train. All of these factors make it difficult for some train riders to hear or understand the directions shared by the operator.
Here’s your chance to try your hand at being the voice of a Metro train. We want to hear your best rendition of the following train announcement — or your impression of the worst you’ve ever heard.
“Next station L’Enfant Plaza. Transfer to the Orange and Blue lines. Doors open on the right.”
Give us a call at 1-202-670-7678 (POST) or click the “call me” button below. The “call me” button will connect you with our message machine.
We’ll post the audio of the best (and best of the worst) announcements here. You can also read tips that one voice coach offered to Metro train operators that could improve their communication.