Monday, July 11, 2016

Bike Wins SafeTrack Surge Commuting Test

Photo courtesy of The Washington Post. 
The Washington Post’s Dr. Gridlock recently did an experiment to discover the fastest way to commute into the District during the current Metro SafeTrack Surge affecting the track segment between National Airport to Braddock Road on the Blue and Yellow lines. 

Dr. Gridlock took Metro trains and buses while a second colleague planned to use a combination of Metro and slugging to get from Franconia-Springfield to The Washington Post offices on K Street. A third associate biked the Mt. Vernon trail from King Street, Alexandria, to the Post. On a normal day, each of the planned commutes should take about 45 minutes.

This won’t surprise FABB members, but the biker got to work first, arriving in just over 42 minutes after enjoying a scenic ride. The commuter who planned to catch a ride in a slug line discovered that there were no cars offering rides at the newly established location. He ended up taking the Fairfax Connector express shuttle to Pentagon and then rode a crowded Metro to McPherson Square. But, he made his commute in 46 minutes. Dr. Gridlock relied on the Metro and the provided shuttle bus between stations, and, well, he arrived at his office in 90 minutes.

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