Well...couldn't get to work today. Ah, Metro...
So I hit Silver Spring at my usual 8:30 and the platform is packed. Delays, delays. Whatever. I have an hour to get to work and it's just a 20 minute ride. My usual response to delays is to park myself in a corner and wait for things to clear up.
9am. No trains yet! Platform is full up. A train comes, packed, and leaves. Another comes and, finally, we get the scoop on the delay. What had been a "third rail problem" and "single tracking -- delays of 20 minutes" wasn't quite honest. One minute after the last fucking MARC (light rail) train leaves at 9:10, the Metro operator says that, actually, there's no power at all between two stations between us and downtown DC. Her train has been ordered to wait at the Silver Spring Platform for -- ready? -- 40 minutes. ETA to get downtown is two hours.
Okay. So a horde of us go over to the MARC station and learn that the train we had just seen was the last. So then groups of people head to the cab stand -- we're now at 9:30 -- and decide to split cabs to DC. We walk the half mile to the cab stand and there are no cabs and about 60 people waiting in a mob.
At that point, I say fuck it. Going home. At around 9:50, I walk back under the Metro platform. Our train was still there, the platform packed to capacity.
All of this, of course, once again illustrated the fact that I'm paying twice as much to ride the Metro to Union Station than I would to ride the MARC. So I'm switching this week. Enough of this.