A water main break suspended the running of the Orange, Blue, and Silver lines.
The Metro spokeperson told me pointing with his hand up to his the neck that the water was filling the tunnels and getting way up there–nice!
At the same time, disabled trains on the Red line brought things to a “Major Delay,” followed by the offloading of crowded trains because the conductors couldn’t get the doors shut.
At the stations themselves, numerous escalators were out of commission, you can see them at boths ends of the station here, and the people were backed up all along the platforms.
At one point, I got caught on the edge of a platform with a huge crowd pushing up against me, and had to tell the person behind me to take a step back (that I didn’t want to end up on the tracks, why thank you, and believe it or not, so not-so-nice people actually laughed at that!).
Unfortunately, it didn’t take much to see how most of this city can be brought to a snarl or taken right out of commission.
After 9/11, one has to ask, what have we learned as the Capital of the nation that our basic infrastructure and support systems cannot endure the ups and downs of weather and age, let alone G-d forbid another attack on our soil.
Hopefully, someone will wake up and step up the planning and preparations here, rather than just spending trillions abroad and with what results. 😉
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)