The Blue/Orange Line between Rosslyn and Foggy Bottom just got a whole lot scarier!
The Metro had their annual disaster drill yesterday and it went off with many hitches. 120 volunteers were stuck underground for four hours as the Metro couldn't "rescue" a train under the Potomac in a timely manner. And it's not like they didn't know the "explosion" was coming. They planned their own scenario and still fucked it up. That's quite the accomplishment.
Since these 120 volunteers with nothing better to do kind of knew what they were in for, they handled the explosion and long wait in the dark with calmness. These volunteers made the rather astute observation that real-life passengers dealing with an unexpected explosion in an underwater tunnel might not handle themselves that well. Um, duh.
I'll remember this next time I take a trip to Dulles or National. I don't really like spending time in underwater tunnels. This drill could have assured me that everything would be alright. Now I know that if, something terrible happens when I'm under the Potomac, there's a good chance that I'm screwed. Death by claustrophobic drowning, death by third rail, and/or death by being trampled by scared shitless passengers...those sound like shitty ways to die.
Of course Metro officials claim that if something were to go wrong for real, then everything would be OK. Color me skeptical!