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Old 03-29-2008, 12:52 PM
 
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Hi everyone,

I'll be starting a job in New Carrollton, Md. That's all the way at the east end of the Orange line, according to the WMATA map. Could someone give me an idea of what my commute times via metro would be if I were to live at the other end of the Orange line (i.e. Falls Church, Ballston, Clarendon).

What would my commute time be like if I were living in Crystal City?

Thanks!

Edit: Also, how strict is the no eating/drinking policy on the Metro? I can't take a cup of coffee and a donut on there in the morning?
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Old 03-29-2008, 04:29 PM
 
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You can calculate the time between any two stations at the Metro website. Metro - Metrorail stations (http://www.wmata.com/metrorail/stations.cfm - broken link)

And Metro is pretty strict about the food policy. Several years ago, a 12 year old was arrested for eating french fries. The trains and stations are very clean, and most regular riders would like to keep them that way....
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Old 03-29-2008, 11:22 PM
 
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Thanks for the link! And you're right, the more I think about it the better a strict policy is. Yeah, a responsible rider should be able to clean up after themselves, but accidents happen in small, crowded spaces. If someone spilled coffee (or worse) on me, that could ruin my day.

Cheers, and thanks again.
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Old 03-31-2008, 06:42 AM
 
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I see people eating and drinking on the train all of the time. Seems that many get away with it.
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Old 03-31-2008, 07:27 AM
 
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Also, how strict is the no eating/drinking policy on the Metro? I can't take a cup of coffee and a donut on there in the morning?
Well, I had a roommate who had to pay a fine for eating a chocolate bar while waiting for the train. You do see people eating (mostly discretely), but I think the policy works in keeping the trains "cleaner" than other cities.
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Old 02-05-2009, 06:39 AM
 
Location: northern virginia
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Edit: Also, how strict is the no eating/drinking policy on the Metro? I can't take a cup of coffee and a donut on there in the morning?

As others here have said, Metro is serious about their policy of no eating or drinking.
That said, nothing prohibits you from carrying food onto Metro. If Metro tried to prohibit carrying food, there would be a mass revolt of those who bring their lunch from home.

It would be a good idea, if you are carrying your cup of coffee, not to sip or spill it.

JG
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Old 02-05-2009, 08:16 AM
 
Location: DC
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Edit: Also, how strict is the no eating/drinking policy on the Metro? I can't take a cup of coffee and a donut on there in the morning?
Put a lid on your coffee and keep the donut in a bag. You could probably get away with discreetly tearing off small pieces to eat. During rush hour they're not quite as strict, just because it's crowded and hard to catch everyone. I've been able to hide a small bag of chips or a bagel and surreptitiously get a few bites in.

As annoying as it is, I like the no food policy. I was on the Metro one night with a woman eating chicken wings, and while I do enjoy wings myself, in an enclosed space it was the most disgusting smell. Ever since then I'm glad that it's not a common occurrence.

More than anything, if you're openly eating you might get some dirty looks. Also, one afternoon I had a cup of coffee with me (wasn't drinking it, just holding it off to the window side of my seat) and no one would sit next to me, even though the train was pretty crowded. Not a bad trick if you want to be left alone...
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Old 02-05-2009, 09:27 AM
 
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I have never had a problem drinking bottled water on Metro.
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Old 02-05-2009, 09:31 AM
 
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food doesn't annoy me on metro as much as those huge headphones that project music way beyond the owner.
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