That's it. I hereby quit my post as the resident WMATA apologist. Sorry guys, but Thursday took the cake.
The sheer hilarity of February 19, 2009 will hopefully forever be remembered as Black Thursday by John Catoe. It was a rough enough morning, with the Orange Line single-tracking from Clarendon to Foggy Bottom, and the Blue Line single tracking from Arlington Cemetery to Farragut West. A vacuum truck or some such lost a wheel and derailed, damaging the track. Had this been the only thing that happened, knowing me, I would have said "Awww but Metro got it fixed by 2PM, it's not that bad!"
But then, as they are removing the broken vacuum train, it derails AGAIN, 10 minutes later, outside East Falls Church. Right before rush hour. Yeah, that damn vacuum truck.
It was bad enough that the vacuum truck derailed, but then at 6:15, at the tail end of rush hour, an empty Yellow Line train derailed at Mt. Vernon Square. More single tracking, interrupting COUNTLESS BLOGGERS as they travel north on the Green Line to U Street, Columbia Heights, and Petworth. THE HORROR.
But really, I can only imagine Catoe's reaction when his Blackberry goes off at 6:15 saying there is yet ANOTHER derailment.
Bad things come in threes, I know, but there's not a whole lot of excuse for having something derail twice. In the span of what, maybe 2 miles?
Thankfully I wasn't impacted by these delays, I rode the bus home. I bet M@ was pissed, 'cept he probably drives to work.
Maybe it's all a ploy to try and get more stimulus dollars.