"welcome to metro. if this is your first time riding metro, you may notice some things. most people stand to the right on the escalators..."
or so goes the occasional announcement at metro stations. not often enough for most weary commuters who have to get along with the tourists in this town. they've got to get to work! it's a big issue in the summer, when the flood of tourists makes some stations impossible to navigate.
escalumps slow everyone down. i know which stations have displays of the next train, and when i see one or two minutes, i'm damn sure running down those escalators so i don't have to wait 10-15 minutes for the next one. for lack of escalumps last weekend, i was able to trim my trip back here from columbia heights by a half hour or more because i just barely caught two transfers, running down the escalators and weaving through the crowds. and i'm just a tourist in my own town now!