Monday, July 21, 2008

All aboard!

When living in Central America, I used public transit to circumvent spotty navigation skills and the need to second-guess crazy drivers. The same holds true here in Washington…and imagine the similarities I see between the two nation’s transit systems:

1. Like mysterious woodland creatures, people emerge from heavily treed landscapes – not a house in sight – to wander towards the bus stop.

I saw this in rural Costa Rica and I see this now in Reston.

Key difference: The Fairfax Connector is not a repurposed Wisconsin school bus.

2. Standing room only

True on the “chicken bus,” true on the Orange Line.

Key difference: No one sits on the dashboard.

3. Armpits in the face

From a Brooks Brothers armpit to one draped in “ropa Americana,” the hazards of standing near the grab-bar are the same the world over.

Key difference: On WMATA, no seven-months-pregnant woman is squeezing through the aisles selling plaintains.

4. Irregular Sunday service

Key difference: On the Red Line, the transito police doesn’t stop the railcar periodically to raid for (and boot off) illegal Nicaraguans.


At 10:12 AM, Anonymous KCinDC said...

Point 4 may be true, but I'm sure there are folks in Virginia looking to implement similar procedures on the Blue, Orange, and Yellow Lines.

At 3:17 PM, Blogger media concepts said...

Reston? Don't tell me you've left the Hot Action Cop-enforced safety of Friendship Heights.

At 5:03 PM, Blogger globalchameleon said...

Yeah, Reston is pretty wild, with chipmunks and deer and bunnies running around. Hot Action Cop keeps that stuff in check.

At 10:18 PM, Blogger Erica said...

thanks for the vivid memories of central america!! campesinos emerging from forested areas. sitting 3 or 4 people to a seat on a repurposed school bus. watching a woman keep a nearly dead chicken alive by periodically slapping it back to life. ah, the sights, the smells of a chicken bus.


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