Thursday, July 29, 2010

Rant: People, learn how to use the Metro gates

A suggestion for Metro riders, though I'm guessing most of us in the neighborhood already know this: you don't need to wait for the gates to close again before swiping your Smartrip or fare card. It happens all the time at the Columbia Heights Metro, and it drives me nuts. Today a couple of college-aged girls in front of me were doing it, and when I said, perfectly nicely, "you know, you don't have to wait for it to close" they gave me nasty looks. Some people enjoy standing around for no reason, I guess.

Of course, the only time you do need to wait is at the big handicap gates.

Although at least people have mostly been good about standing right and walking left.

Just a tip.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't mind escalefting so much (it's usually out of ignorance, which you can't help). What I DO mind are the people immediately *behind* the escalefting that can't eek out a polite "Excuse me, please, may I/we pass?" Come ON.

MetroLuvah said...

I mind escalefting a LOT - it's not hard to figure out why everyone else is standing on the right side.

My biggest gripe is when a person boards a busy train and doesn't move to the center of the car - instead they stand right in front of the doorway then act all abused when people push by them.

I also hate smelly people who ride metro. Take a shower for the good of DC.

Anonymous said...

If you want to talk metro, the bus is a good source of issues as well. People equally are afraid to say excuse me and move around someone who won't move all the way to the back of the bus during rush hour. We are all adults so if they won't move, move around them.

Anonymous said...

My biggest peeve: when someone escalefts, someone else says 'excuse me', and yet the escalafter still refuses to move. This offense is most frequently perpetrated by groups of idiots wearing jeans below their asses.

Anonymous said...

while we're bitching about metro, my biggest gripe is the people who immediately stop after going through the gate to put their metro card away. or people who hang out at top or bottom of escalators.

Andrew said...

agreed on all counts. It's like people forget what they're doing as soon as they enter Metro.

Miss Candice said...

HAHAHA I love all these! So petty, so trivial, yet soooo annoying. I just moved here recently from Houston (where there is no Metro, at all, whatsoever), and have quickly adapted to become one of you...ie, the Metro Nazis. God, I love city life.

Anonymous said...

I just find it amazing that folk who it wrong so often, often out of ignorance and sometimes lazines, are so impatient with others. I guess it's just the nature of the blogasphere.

W Jordan

Andrew said...

Thanks! Who what wrong?

Anonymous said...

My favorite metro escalator moment came when I was behind two people on a LONG escalator, and I said "excuse me please," and the woman, instead of moving or, God forbid, saying something to me, screamed to her companion in the most aggrieved tone imaginable, "he can f'ing wait." The folks behind me and I could do nothing but laugh. It's the sheer laziness / selfishness of those situations that is so annoying -- it's easier to display a tiny bit of common courtesy than it is to complain. Like the black chewing gum marks that are already all over the new pavers on 14th Street. There are 20 garbage pails all around, is it really so hard to toss your gum in a garbage can so that everyone else doesn't step in it and jack up their shoes? Come on people ...

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Andrew said...

Come on now, we don't need that kind of stuff.

Anonymous said...

anyone have any idea what in the world w jordan was trying to say?

Andrew said...

Just to clarify, the deleted comment wasn't him, as far as I know. But as for his comment there, it's not so subtly aimed at me.

McGrubbin said...

I have to disagree with you here. I can understand why people may want the gate to close before going through. Sometimes the machine gets a litle flustered reading the cards so quickly and will close or misread the card and quite frankly, it is perfectly reasonable to wait for the gate to close to ensure a smooth passage through. I think everyone can stand the extra second it takes. It's also different than standing on the left side of the escalator, which can waste minutes of your life, especially on the long ones.

Anonymous said...

I don't know about now but when I was younger we would wait until the gate closed each time because the metro employees would harass us accusing us of faking a card swipe to get in free and make us wait while they checked the system...that might still have something to do with it today, at least in some cases.

Anonymous said...

Waiting for the gates to close is ridiculous. They snap back open just fine; it's what they were designed to do. I sometimes pause for visual confirmation of my tap, but if you do it right the gate never has to close.

If the station manager is worried about farehopping, the thing beeps if more than one person goes through on a swipe. On top of that there were times I had a false alarm and wasn't bothered. Know your rights!

The problem is especially bad at Columbia Heights because of how few faregates there are.

Anonymous said...

Also, McGrubben, it may just be a few seconds for you, but when you consider how many people need to move through those faregates at a time, it can add up to minutes very quickly.