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Metro rider defaces WMATA's Rush+

May 4, 2012 - 09:47 AM
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(Photo: John Hendel)

Earlier this week, I hopped on a Metro train during rush hour and encountered multiple noteworthy things. First, I quickly realized the best Metro announcer around was in charge of this train and was telling people, as per usual, to spread out along the platform. Second, this was one of the decked-out Rush+ railcars covered in promotional slogans spotlighting the rush-hour service coming to WMATA on June 18.

But then I looked closer at one of the Rush+ slogans. What the rush+ is this all about? the sign asks.

Underneath is another scrawl in dark black ink, one that initially looked professional and part of the display. This next line answered the first question. No hesitation in this answer: SCREWING OVER CUSTOMERS.

WMATA, with its Rush+ flair in stations and on trains, has tried to tell people to look forward to Rush+ and its purported expanded service for 110,000 riders on the Green, Yellow, Blue, and Orange lines ... but clearly a grassroots sense of doubt has begun to take hold.

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