I will preface this by saying that I realize that the person who was hit by a train had a much worse day than me yesterday and that what I am going to write about was a very minor inconvenience. I just wanted to head off any of the people who tend to opine that I shouldn’t complain because my life is so much better than others. Me? Not complain? Have you met me?
Anywho, yesterday before I left work I saw new online that the Penn Line of the MARC system was shut down due to a train “striking a trespasser” That is the line my wife takes to and from work, so I texted her to let her know and to say to let me know if she needed me to pick her up at an alternate location. Before she left work, MTA reported that trains were now running between New Carrollton and Baltimore, so she took the Metro(DC’s subway) to New Carrollton to get the train in to our local station. The problem – once she got there she realized that trains were not actually running from New Carrollton to Baltimore and no one seemed to know what was going on. We decided that it would be best for me to drive down to New Carrollton to pick her up. So, I jumped in my car, drove to the station and picked her up. As we were pulling in to our local station to get her car we notice a lot of cars leaving. It appeared that a train had arrived to go north from New Carrollton at around the time I arrived to drive her instead. I don’t know how a train could be on the way and no one knew to be able to announce it. Where is the communication?
None of this surprises me. This is the same system that routinely make me late/almost late to Ravens games because they don’t run enough trains on the light rail system on game days. It’s the same system that kept my wife trapped on a train on my son’s prom day because they hit someone and had no procedure for getting passengers off a train that would be stranded by police activity for hours. I guess it is still better than driving in DC traffic every day.