“The men said to them, ‘Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.’” St. Luke 24:5
The Metro, as you know, is having trouble. There are serious concerns about financial sustainability, loads of deferred maintenance, diminishing public trust. They’ve recruited a no-nonsense administrator, Paul Wiedefeld, to put things in order. Earlier this month, he shut the whole thing down for a day to repair the electric cables. The grumbling was universal. It also made for a very crowded Panera in Herndon and may well have proved that we can run the Federal government just fine out of Fairfax County so long as we have decent wi-fi.
We’re told that the cables are now all ship-shape, and they will be on to additional projects. And I, at least am hoping they will soon move on to the public address system. Because if you have spent much time on Metro, you will know just how impossible it often is to understand what is being announced to you. “Next station..mmmfmfm” or “The train will be delayed…ffhghf.” I think the announcers were trained by the adults on those old Charlie Brown cartoons. It’s really pretty bad. If I’m travelling by Metro, I need to stand near the Metro map so I can tell what’s coming next.