The Nationals won the game 2-1. Bryce Harper went deep with a solo shot to tie the game at 1-1. Danny Espinosa blasted a solo shot to give the Nats a 2-1 lead. Jonathan Papelbon came on in the ninth to retire the side in order. The game ended at 9:30 with the Nationals beating the Cardinals 2-1. Metro broke down and didn’t get myworld home until 1:30 AM. That is four hours. And for that we still paid them a fare.
It started innocent enough. We were waiting for an orange line train to take us to our final stop after transferring from a green line. A man in a uniform started coming up to passengers to ask them where they were going. When they told them he spit out some foreign language that they had to leave this platform to take a yellow to a blue to a whatever to get off at Rosslyn station to take an orange line. A number of people responded with a loud “F**k”. For me he spit out the instructions so fast he might as well have been communicating in Russian.
Myworld made the decision to walk up to the kiosk to get some clarity there. “How do I get to Dun Loring,” I ask the woman. She tells me to go down stairs to take the orange line. I inform her there was a uniformed officer down stairs telling people they had to leave the area and take multiple colored trains to get to Rosslyn. She didn’t know anything about that instructing me to go down stairs to take the Orange line if I want to go to Dun Loring.
I follow her instructions. The orange line train arrives. When I get on the train the operator mumbles through the garbled up intercom system that the train will only go three stops to Federal Triangle. From Federal Triangle passengers need to take a shuttle bus that will take them Farragat. All seems pretty simple so far. When the passengers get off at Federal Triangle there is no employee upstairs guiding people to where the shuttle buses will be and there are no shuttle buses along the street. People are wandering to the Pennsylvania side and others along the 13th street side. I try to call Metro to get information but all I get is an automated service. A police officer is on the 13th side of the street. He tells me there will be a shuttle bus that will stop at the 13th side but he doesn’t know when it will be. At this time I want to scream out “F**k” but I restrain myself and tell him there are about 50 people waiting by Pennsylvania Avenue thinking the shuttle bus will be there. Don’t know if they ever got home without having to take a taxi.
The shuttle bus finally arrives 15 minutes later. The driver does not allow any passengers on until he makes a phone call. There is some trepidation that he will not allow anyone on the bus until he has some understanding of what is going on. After talking on the phone for about five minutes he lets everyone on the bus. It fills up pretty quickly.
The bus stops off at Metro (red line only) and McPherson (no metro service) before stopping at Farragat. The driver is not sure the station is open. He tells us to stay on the bus until he comes back to confirm the station is open. There appears to be no communication anywhere. Again, myworld would like to yell a loud “F**K”. He does get confirmation that Farragat is still open. He lets the passengers off “but please use the crosswalk when crossing the street.” People just want to get home.
There we wait. From 11:00 to 12:15 the 111 passengers going to Vienna wait while two blue line trains going to Franconia/Springfield pass through. On the other side there is an orange and blue line that passes through to New Carrolton and Largo. There is no Vienna. It is a mystery why they could not find one train to take passengers to Vienna, the most popular stop after a Nationals game.
An announcement comes out over the garbled up loudspeaker that all trains will be single tracking on the Virginia side of the track. Myworld goes upstairs to ask the officers for a translation of that confusing message. Both sides are Virginia sides when you are in D.C. Or no side is. The officer tells me that no one really knows what is going on and it is best I wait upstairs because a train could come from anywhere. It takes great restraint for me not to want to scream “F**K”. I overhear a woman responsible for a kiosk telling some passengers no one has told her anything so she does not know what is going on. Myworld is certainly glad we didn’t approach her first or we would have screamed out that magical word.
All 111 of us tired and weary passengers wait for this mystery train that we hope comes to talk us home. Some fear that there will be some garbled up announcement that the Metro is closed so there is no longer any train service, especially after a blue line train drifts from the other direction and informs there passengers this is the last blue line train to Largo.
It gets pretty hot down in the tunnels. Metro should probably be thankful no one waiting for over an hour for an Orange line to Vienna did not pass out from heat exhaustion. Or at least I hope no one passed out. It certainly seemed quite unusual two trains for Franconia/Springfield passed by and none for Vienna. Again, there appeared to be no concern for the safety of the 111 passengers who had to make a decision to stay in the heated tunnels or join the homeless upstairs and hope a taxi driver or uber service is available that will not charge you $50 to get home.
Finally after an hour and 15 minutes a Vienna Orange line train came to transport 111 passengers to their destinations. Or at least we hoped Metro could perform the simple task of getting those 111 passengers from Point A to Point B. They have had a number of miserable failures over the last couple months and it may be best to shut down the entire system until they can get it fixed.
A family from London bragged they have quite an efficient Metro system with trains coming every two minutes. They’ve been in D.C. for just three days and already they have been offloaded once and now stuck at a train stop for an hour and a half at midnight. Their comment “It doesn’t seem like a very efficient transport system you have in D.C.” That appeared to be a statement to the obvious.
Myworld finally got home at about 1:30. Once our smart card is used up we will start driving to the games. That appears more reliable. When Metro fails consistently to get you from point A to point B it is pointless to rely on it for transportation in the future.