Some Days Just Aren't Good Days To Be a Commuter

By Robert Thomson
Sunday, June 15, 2008

It's been a tough month for Metrorail riders. Scheduled and unscheduled disruptions have affected thousands. The first letter concerns the scheduled maintenance that occurred during the June 7 Race for the Cure in Washington.

Dear Dr. Gridlock:

For an event at which 45,000 people were expected, I was really surprised that trains were running only once every 24 minutes on the Green and Yellow lines.

I know the switch replacement at Mount Vernon Square was important, but did it have to happen this weekend? The only positive was that the track work was well advertised.

Since we live midway between the Huntington and Van Dorn stations, we decided to drive to Van Dorn and catch the Blue Line. We arrived at Van Dorn only to find the entire parking lot roped off and a scrawled sign that said, "Parking available at Huntington."

We knew we would never make the start time if we drove to Huntington, so we drove on to Pentagon City and caught the Blue Line. It worked out okay, but I was really annoyed by Metro's lack of concern for those participating in the race, especially since the race so heavily promotes using Metro to get there.

Melissa Naulin

Fairfax County

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