City Desk

Metro Bad News Roundup: Gun-Toting, Broken Staircase Edition

Metro Bad News RoundupThe Metro system, once a reliable point of pride for D.C.'s boosters, has had a rough few years: Safety problems, escalator outages, and rising prices have made the subway a regular subject of local griping. At times, it can be hard to keep up with the torrent of unflattering Metro-related scoops. As a public service,Washington City Paper is offering beleaguered riders this irregular round-up of recent media lowlights:

  • That House of Representatives measure endangering $150 million for Metro could also strip the system of funds for improving security
  • Some Metrobus drivers are said to have taken to carrying guns to protect themselves against assault.
  • The ACLU is going to sue Metro over bag searches
  • A man at Suitland Station was attacked by a “teen mob”
  • WMATA closed a staircase at Branch Avenue, apparently for maintenance
  • More disruptions this weekend—try not to miss the last train
  • A station manager at Twinbrook responded to a series of questions about broken gates by yelling at customers
  • The watchdog group Guardian Angels has responded to rising violence by increasing their own patrols of the transit system

In Metro good news, Green Mountain Coffee finally fixed their ads. Before, their ads were suggesting people drink their coffee inside the Metro—eating and drinking is, of course, a big no-no.

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  • Rick Mangus

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