Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Save Our Turnaround!



Ike Leggett has expressed his desire for Metro to do away with one of the little perks of living in Silver Spring. The county executive believes that train “turnarounds” at the Silver Spring Metro station should be eliminated. Apparently doing so would somehow save the county money or end poverty or cure cancer or something.

Having a good chance at empty train (and an empty seat) is one of the advantages commuters to and from Silver Spring have enjoyed since the station opened in 1978.

To quote The Dude quoting George H.W. Bush, "This will not stand, ya know, this aggression will not stand, man.” Taking away our turnarounds will tear at the fabric of what it means to live in Silver Spring. Contact Metro immediately and let them know how you feel about this potential travesty!



11 comments:

dl004d said...

I don't understand Leggett's proposal. Won't it just result in fewer trains and a longer wait each time?

Anonymous said...

B
We could pass legislation that those living outside the beltway have to stand. We deserve some compensation for breathing this crappy air.

Anonymous said...

Do he have any idea how much crowded and congested that platform would be? Just what we need..a person to make things harder for everyone.

Megan Farrington said...

I feel like the only way what he's saying makes sense is if he means that we need the same number of trains, but that every train should run to the ends of the line instead of turning around at SS and Grosvenor. I don't think that would actually be a terrible thing for commuters getting on at Silver Spring.

rtsind said...

Of all the problems facing Montgomery County, the problem of "turnaround" is the least of the problems.

Whether Metro keeps it or not will not affect the majority of most riders, and if it is a question of having to stand for a few stops- well get over it. That is one of the disadvantages of taking public transportaion.

What the Metro needs are more cars(trains?)

I sometimes take the Silver Spring marked train- even though I live on Forest Glen. The reason for that is that the Forest Glen train is often standing room only, - . It might mean a ten minute wait at the Silver Spring Station for the next train but it is an inconvience that does not ruffle my feathers.

firejimbowden said...

"Metro also must eliminate train turnarounds at the Grosvenor and Silver Spring stations, he said."

I don't necessarily get from this vague, poorly written sentence - the only one in the article referencing the topic - that Leggett necessarily "supports" eliminating the turnaround. It could simply mean that there is some statutory requirement, or that after staffing cuts the change will need to be made, or that the forthingcoming Silver Spring transportation center will necessitate its elimination.

Sligo said...

My interpretation was this:

Not turning around at SS means more trains for those all the way to Glenmont, making commuting easier for people who live by those stations.

Anonymous said...

I'm interpreting it the same way as Sligo... it just means more trains running to Glenmont. I'm OK with that.

Actually what I would like to see is a red-line spur that would run up 29 to Four Corners to White Oak/FDA and then out to where the ICC is supposed to connect with 29 (around Briggs-Chaney). Thus all trains would go through SS, but 1/2 would go to Glenmont and the other half would go to the ICC.

Silver Springer said...

^^^^ Yeah, I always thought that would be a good plan.

Jt said...

I am deaf, and the first time that I experienced one of those "turn arounds" scared THE SH!T out of me. You see, I hadn't heard their announcement or noticed the passengers getting off.. and then everything suddenly went all dark! Feeling the train stop, I screamed into the intercom for help and was starting to panick... Then a minute later that light at the end of tunnel came as the train pulled out to the other side of the platform. And yes, I received more than my share of stares as I got off. And by the way, nobody came to my rescue. I guess that's what you get for riding on the Metro.

Sligo said...

JT,

I had the same thing happen to me once on the Metro, only it was because I had my iPod on too loud...

I have also fallen asleep on the Metro and ended up at Shady Grove at 3AM. Twice.