Subways provide another great example of the difference between New York and DC. New York’s are dirty, loud, chaotic, and covered in graffiti. They’re also filled with art and performers. DC’s are immaculate, calm, and well-ordered. Each station follows the same vaulted concrete ceiling design, and variances, even unauthorized ones, are rare. New York’s are very close to street level – most lines were built by simply digging open trenches down the streets and then building new roads over the tracks. DC’s, however, are deep underground. The Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan stop, pictured here, is 16 stories down. The escalator ride takes nearly 2 minutes.
Here’s something I never would’ve known if I hadn’t looked all this up: this Metro stop was the site of a major accident on November 3, 2004. One train rolled back into another injuring 20 people and causing $3.5 million in damage.
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