Poll: Close WMATA Rail on Weekends?
Take the poll here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/P2SPQG5
“Yes - close it till it’s a reliable service again.” - 41
“No - as bad as it is leave it open.” - 59
“Close it down- most don’t even consider using metro on weekends unless they absolutely have to. Shut ‘er down and get the rebuilding done faster.”
“Are you serious?”
“There are plenty of people in the region who don’t have other options. A thirty-minute trip that takes two hours still gets you there SOMEHOW. Point of privilege to suggest otherwise.”
“Yes, but increase bus service”
“Only transport option in my area.”
“Personally I would want them to just close it. But for people who need it to get to work on weekends (as crappy as it is), I wouldn’t want to take that transportation option away from them.”
“Many of us do work/take classes/etc. on weekends! And I don’t really have a lot of optimism that it’ll become a reliable service again, so…”
“Maybe close down specific lines, but WMATA likely doesn’t have the resources to do meaningful work on the entire system at once - or not enough to justify closing the entire system”
WMATA’s Pandora “Jingle”
‘The real problem is that they are blocking people at all,’ Barnes said
WHEN WMATA BLOCKS CRITICS ON TWITTER
Blocked by @WMATA
Guess I struck a nerve…
Update via DCist:
Lynn Bowersox, WMATA’s Assistant General Manager for Customer Service, Communications and Marketing, responded to the DCist’s question in a statement: “Our Twitter feed is primarily TO PROVIDE Metro service information for riders. Violating reasonable boundaries of professional, civil discourse with profanity, personal attacks and inaccurate speculation is not a service to riders.”
Red Line Communications
ACT to WMATA: Don’t Close Stations for Major Events
Today Action Committee for Transit (ACT - @actfortransit) issued a press release asking WMATA to reschedule track work that’s set to close, among other stations, College Park station the same weekend of University of Maryland graduation.
ACT says “The College Park closing continues a pattern of Metro ignoring riders’ needs when it schedules weekend maintenance”.
Read the full press release here.
The U of Md spokeswoman I just talked to seemed unaware the station would be closed and of why #wmata closes stations…— Liz Essley (@lizessley) May 14, 2013
Social Media Trailblazing: WMATA vs SEPTA
(click for MUCH larger image)
WMATA hires social media manager (7/18/11)
(yes, both are still employed by WMATA)
Red Light Running by DC Metro Buses (by Mike Pulsifer) #WMATA
Seems like no matter how many times a local TV station shows “shocking” Metro Bus camera footage, no matter how many times drivers are caught reading, talking on phones, or being otherwise distracted these bus drivers continue to think they’re above the law.
Thanks for this video, Mike!
WMATA, what do you plan to do? Your PR bullcrap is wearing thin.