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Metro Bad News Roundup: Fall Changes Edition

The 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:

  • It's survey time! WMATA is asking for rider input on the proposed changes for the redesign of the Metrorail map, which will undergo a facelift following the construction of the Silver line and realignment of the Blue line. Fill out this survey to put in your two cents.
  • More than 100 Metro workers are given vehicles of their own at the cost of $1 million. Though the vehicles are intended for "job-related use only," one employee scammed the agency and used their car for personal trips. Metro officials say they are monitoring employees' use of the cars more closely now.
  • Upping the amount on your SmarTrip card could cause some banking problems.
  • New Metrobus adjustments will undoubtedly cause confusion. Don't get left behind.
  • A Nats symbol for the Navy Yard station name? Greater Greater Washington isn't into it. The blog also postulates that name changes of Metro stations could cause more problems for tourists.
  • Dr. Gridlock describes the gamut of weekend delays on the Yellow, Blue, Orange, and Red lines. Most, as usual, require that you add an additional 20 minutes of travel time.
  • Huffington Post DC predicts next year's closure of the Dupont Circle station's southern entrance—for a total escalator overhaul— will cause extra traffic at surrounding Metro stations. Farragut North, the next-closest Red line stop, is already one of the system's busiest.
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