It’s never been pretty (if Neo-classical Brutalism is an architectural style, Metro’s stations within the District are first-class examples of it), but in the past there has always been a train coming that would get me close enough to where I needed to go so it didn’t seem to matter how it looked. However, for a few years now I’ve been aware that the system is drowning under the combined impact of increasing ridership and lack of funding – Metro has quite literally been coming apart without much hope of a fix in sight.
Apparently that might be changing, as Congress is (finally) stepping in to try to fix some of the mess. Thus I’m hoping that the delays I am encountering are evidence of the system’s revitalization and not simply the system’s final collapse. Either way, for the first time we, as casual tourists, are acutely aware of Metro’s problems.
What does it say about our country, that we have allowed the transit system in our nation’s capitol city to reach this state?