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Old 09-24-2011, 11:15 AM
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Originally Posted by DCmum View Post
I love the T. It's not as crowded as the METRO and it goes almost everywhere and its so much cheaper. I remember you could buy a monthly metro card for a fixed price and ride as often as you want, DC doesn't have that option. DC has the SmartTrip which really doesn't give you anything unless you're riding the bus or want free transfers! I remember when I first moved to DC, I was lost one day and I was asking people where can I get the "T"? and everybody was looking at me like I was crazy, asking me what the "T" was lol. It took me a while to get used to the word "Metro".
Is it really fair to compare them given the differences?

There's the actual subway and the commuter rail. DC's seems like a hybrid of both.

I found DC's to be a bit up there but I would say it is worth it.

Here's the differences I've found.
1) There's no ads all over the place in DC. Which also means less vandalism (to a point)

2) The subway lines of boston just look old. Yes it is stainless but it just looks old..Green line especially. I was on it for Y2K and thought I walked into former East Germany.

3) DC bans food and drinks and there's plenty of stains on the T. Don't even get me started on the gum

4) There seems to be more free papers in DC. Then again in Boston there's two major papers and there's been a general decline.

5) The touch screen of the charlie car is easier at first to understand vs dc's..but I don't think the curve is that high to learn.

6) I can understand everything a metro conductor says in DC. I know English, some French, took a semester of Mandarin, had a book on Esperanto and have books on Arabic and might be able to say a few songs in German and Hebrew. I have NO clue what conductors say on the PA for T.

Yes the t is cheap but I just find it to be too old and dirty.
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