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The Long and Short Of It: Metro Riders Hate 4-Car Trains

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By Robert Thomson
Sunday, December 9, 2007

Dear Dr. Gridlock:

I rode Saturday [Dec. 1] around 6 p.m. on a four-car Red Line train. Metro has made a foolish decision: shortening trains on weekends to save money.

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Reducing wear and tear on the cars should come after reducing wear and tear on the credulity of its clients. I boarded this train at Metro Center for a ride to Van Ness. The four cars were so full, people were left standing on the platform -- to wait 16 minutes for a train.

Undoubtedly some of these paying customers had already waited 16 or 20 minutes.

M. Lincer


Riders may see four-car trains on any line on any day of the week during off-peak periods this winter, Metro says. The next letter was inspired by a trip at 2 p.m. Monday from Farragut North to Shady Grove.

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