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DC Tweets: Rush Plus Day One

Rush Plus: boon for commuters, or total bust?

Monday was the first day of WMATA's new Rush Plus initiative on Metro trains. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

WMATA promises “rush hour reinvented” through its latest initiative, Rush Plus, which kicked off on Monday, but after scrolling through a number tweets we’re getting a feeling it’s more of the same old thing.

Metro riders have been bombarded with videos, symbols, and signs announcing the launch of Metrorail’s new Rush Plus program for weeks, and on Monday the day finally arrived. The new initiative claimed expanded rush hour service, additional stops, and more frequent trains to alleviate congestion along some of the city’s busiest lines, but from the looks of the crowded platforms—and the @wmata timeline—there may still be a few kinks to work out. Riders of Blue Line trains complained of waiting too long and watching Orange Line trains go by, Yellow and Green Line commuters complained of overcrowded Greens and absent Yellows, and Red Line riders enjoyed watching everyone else suffer for a change. Check out a selection of the tweets below, then tell us what you think of Rush Plus so far in the comments.

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  • disgruntled rider

    Tuesday was a BAD day for Blue Line riders! The platform at Farragut West was packed beyond belief at 5:35 - 2 Orange Lines back to back - packed Orange trains so much so that when doors opened no one could squeeze on. Then after waiting 7 minutes the blue line train arrived - and it was packed. The train did not have the proper railings and handles for people to hang on - these crowded platforms and trains that have no place for the multitudes to steady themselves is a DISASTER waiting to happen. I cannot believe that a decision was made to pull 3 blue trains every hour at this time of year with ALL of the tourists and not think that there would be an unintended consequence. The normal blue line ride from Farragut West to Pentagon City - 15 minutes at most - took 40 minutes!!!!! Clearly bad decisions have been made with no regard for the consequences but most of all the lack of regard for Metro riders safety is appalling!!!!!!!!!

  • Brad S.

    That's it? Maybe that was all the tweets that were appropriate to publish. I am one of the riders from Alexandria who commutes to Rosslyn and is forced to take a crowded, infrequent blue line train. Regular commuters are still using the line of their choice and not switching over to yellow. I saw many tourists and school groups get on a Crystal City or Pentagon City who are riding it all the way around. Tourists will never do what metro wants them to do. I give this blue/yellow experiment 2 months before something changes. Metro needs to 1) be more explict telling riders to take yellow instead of blue or 2) just stop the blue line at Rosslyn and have it return south or 3) go back to the way it was before. I am all for innovative ideas to improve metro, but this particular blue/yellow change is not working out.

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