I, like many of my fellow Patriots, commute to campus.
I live in Arlington so I take the Metro everyday to campus. The main reason is because I don’t have a car. But
even if I did, I would rather take the Metro, most days, so I don’t have to deal with the parking nonsense that happens at George Mason. It’s convenient and I use the commute to do my readings for class, personal reading, or listening to music.
So most days I enjoy the Metro, but Wednesday was not one of those days.
Due to another fire on the Metro lines, caused by a wire malfunction, the entire Metro was closed all day. This impromptu shut down forced me to find another, less convenient, way to get to campus for my midterm.
I couldn’t get a ride in with my roommate because she was working an opening shift at her job, so I really wasn’t feeling like getting up before the sun on a day I didn’t have to work an opening shift at my job. Thankfully
she promised to give me a ride home. I wasn’t going to Uber because well surge pricing would have been through the roof. So I had to take the Metrobus system. There isn’t just one straight shot bus that hits every station from Arlington to Vienna, so I had to take three buses to reach Vienna. Since George Mason University decided not to run their shuttles to Vienna I also had to take the Cue bus system on top of the three other buses.
This added an extra forty minutes to my usual commute. Thankfully, I left way too early just in case all Hell broke loose on my commute.
Granted I was not effected as badly as others going into D.C., but I feel that this was not handled well.
Metro General Manager, Paul J. Wiedefeld, said the close was necessary for the safety of the riders, which is understandable. But the reasoning was not sound since they should have been looking into this about a year ago when someone died because of a smoke issue having to do with wires. The fact that they waited until Wednesday to look into the issue is shameful, and obviously detrimental to many commuters. I think they could have at least set aside a day and told commuters in advance so they could work something out instead of scrambling.
Obviously, I will continue to use it but I am immensely disappointed in their poor planning and excuses.