Friday, October 16, 2009

Metro Friday: Taking Names and Making Calls

Here are the results of last week's poll. The question: Would you support changing the name of Columbia Heights Metro station to Columbia Heights-Mount Pleasant? The results were not quite what I expected. I guessed that a firm majority would be against the idea. There was a very slight majority for those against. But not overwhelming at all. Almost evenly split. There were only 230 votes, so not a large sample size. Here are the numbers.

In other Metro news, for the 1% of you who ride Metro during rush hour and are not already checking (or at least looking at) your crackberry, try it today. If all goes according to plan, most cell phones should be able to operate in about 20 underground Metro stations. The list includes most downtown DC stations, and some uptown stations like Columbia Heights and Dupont. The underground coverage now includes more carriers: AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile. While not an exhaustive list, those are four of the largest carriers in the nation and likely cover the vast majority of users in the DC area. Wiring of all underground stations and the tunnels is due to be complete by 2012. So for now, at least you'll have something to do while waiting for the train to arrive. Even if you have to stop talking when you actually get on the train and ride into the tunnel.