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Old 11-20-2011, 04:52 PM
 
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Also, they usually do this in-town (Smithsonian Metro is usually closed during those kinds of events) where the stops are fairly close together and it's not too much of a hardship to walk another block or two. I don't recall them ever skipping a transfer station.
All trains skip Arlington Cemetery after 7:00 pm (Oct-Mar) and after 10:00 pm (Apr-Sep). Station-skipping happens outbound in the evening as well. An Orange line train may simply not serve Dunn Loring for instance. Passengers are of course informed of this in advance and those affected can hop off at West Falls Church and board the next train, which is usually right behind and only half full.
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Old 11-21-2011, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Saint Petersburg, FL
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Wow. What if someone had to get off the train at one of those stations? They'd have to get off past their destination and then board an inbound train back to their previous station?

It's either that, or they stop and get even more overcrowded, doors wont close, and train gets taken out of service forcing everyone that was ON the already overcrowded train, off, causing even more problems. I have had this happen to me multiple times while commuting to and from work in D.C. when i worked down there. I think its better to have a small few unhappy people who may have to double back, than a thousand who are forced off of a train and on to an already overcrowded station platform to wait for another train, thus probably overcrowding that next train too. I've seen that happen as well.

FYI, the Arlington Cemetery stop closes at 7PM I think, which is why that station gets "skipped" after that time.
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Old 11-21-2011, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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There may also be other reasons in play. For example, Smithsonian station is closed on July 4th because it's inside the security zone.
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Old 11-21-2011, 09:45 AM
 
Location: New-Dentist Colony
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Wow. What if someone had to get off the train at one of those stations? They'd have to get off past their destination and then board an inbound train back to their previous station?
I had this happen a few times several years ago when I commuted to Twinbrook. I'd be on the Shady Grove-bound Red Line train and then hear an announcement that because the train was "behind schedule" (as if anyone consults the schedule for a train!), they were skipping Twinbrook. I e-mailed Metro to point out how senseless this was, given the numerous employers at Twinbrook (FDA, various NIH branches, USP, Elsevier, a bunch of hotels, etc.).

I agree that stopping with a packed train just to overcrowd it makes no sense, but in my case, the train was always close to empty by Twinbrook, and not that many people were getting on there.
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