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The DC Metro Club

Posted in Perks by msdisdain on July 25, 2008

Considering how cut-throat and retarded much of the vehicular traffic is in the DC metropolitan area as are the pedestrians that seem to enjoy darting out in front of your car on a major thoroughfare, it’s about time I joined the city’s elite and rode its metro system instead and rode it in style: with the metro smarttrip card.  We’ll get into the specifics but first, the social lore behind this pass to the city.  Have you ever watched the fluid traffic on the left hand side of the exit gates at any metro system?  In this one, business commuters in suits and ties accompanied by a soft beeping jingle every few seconds mark the move of this school of fish.  Anyone with a regular fare card has to put it in the slot and wait for it to spit back out. This two second glitch in the system causes abrupt traffic, and the suit-and-tie line comes, for a second, to a screeching halt.  Members of this school resemble salmon swimming upstream almost hopping over eachother trying to beep through the gates – the same fish that walk up the long escalators on the lefthand side and cough and scoff if anyone is standing in the way.  These are the rules of the school.  And when you have one of these smart trip cards, why, it’s almost like belonging to a special club.    For $5 you can save yourself ten cents a ride on a renewable card that, if lost or stolen, can still be replaced if registered.  Added bonus?  You can make the gate beep and get your elitist rush on like everybody else.

in order to be cool on public metro transport, you need one of these.

in order to be cool on public metro transport, you need one of these.

P.S.  I’ve got to go downstairs and buy a copy of The Washingtonian and update this, but thanks to DC’s Green Initiative, there is a restaurant of notable quality which gives 15% off dinner tabs running $40 and up…When you show you’re SmartTrip.  More gate beeping privileges thanks to the DC Metro System.


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