A follow-up on the “smoke incident” in the Washington Metro reveals much about the system’s levels of management and operational competence, if not about the incident itself. For example:
Rogers said he doesn't understand why passengers weren't allowed to leave the train sooner for the one- or two-minute walk back to the platform.In a smoke-filled train? Yes. Yes it does seem like a long time. Another observation from a passenger:
"It just kind of felt like, 'Why were we trapped on that train that long?'" Rogers said. "All we did was sit there and wait. Forty minutes seems like a long time.
"We were not given any information that police or fire were en route or nearby," he said. "All we got was, 'Stay in place. Yes, I know there's smoke. Don't leave.' And that doesn't make a whole lot of sense when you're sitting there watching over some period, watching the subway cars fill up with smoke."Maybe I’ll start thumbing a ride to work out on Arlington Blvd. One thing I know for sure: when I do finally retire (may it please God), one of the things I’ll most enjoy is never having to set foot in the Washington Metro again.