It's Memorial Day weekend. I'm going to assume that this weekend produces a lot of tourists here in DC. After all, what better way to celebrate Memorial Day than to see all of the memorials that the city has to offer. Obviously, this isn't rocket science.
So, one could reasonably expect that many of these tourists will be depending on public transportation to get around. Right?
So why in God's name is there going to be track work this weekend on three different lines!!??
The Red Line and Green Line delays (estimated at around 15 minutes) are especially galling. Lots of tourists stay in Montgomery County. One-tracking between Medical Center and Friendship Heights is going to inconvenience thousands of people that the city should be trying to impress. We depend on their tourist dollars.
The Green Line delay will be between Greenbelt and College Park. So anyone trying to get to the city from BWI using public transportation might as well diddle their thumbs for an extra 15 minutes. We're leaving quite the first impression on our tourists, aren't we?
There is absolutely no reason why we can't deal with these delays on a non-holiday weekend. Any money we lose with a one week delay would easily be recouped by keeping our tourists (and other weekend commuters) happy.