What are we two weeks into Rush Plus? Some of the degenerates I know that live in Alexandria are raving about the changes because they can get a Yellow Line train way out in North Carolina where they live. Orange Line people don't seem to notice anything at all. I'm not one of those orange line people.
One thing has changed on the Orange Line - less trains less frequently. Click on the photos below taken this week and last.
About three or four minutes between trains on the little sign on the left. At 8:00 a.m. in the past the sign would have on train"ARR" and then trains at two minutes and three minutes after that. They were literally running one to two minutes apart and at least one of those trains would be packed to the gills while the other two would be a quarter full.
It seems now that trains come less frequently, but the loads are more evenly distributed. I have been on an empty train in two weeks, but I also haven't been on a packed one either. I'm not getting to work any faster or slower, I'm just not having to let one really crowded train pass in order to catch one I can fit on. I also haven't been a victim of a door problem going to work in the past two weeks. Coming from work is another story - tourists are out and about at the time.
I'm not sure how I feel overall about the whole situation... I'm indifferent, I guess.