suffertunity t1_jc084tb wrote

First of all, the only "care" shown to the homeless on this site or most media around DC is to complain about them. And unlike metro shootings, there's lots of homeless in DC, it's an actual ongoing disaster affecting thousands of people on a daily basis.

But instead of being concerned about that, this sub is all about making sure everyone is aware of every criminal incident that occurs in a 10 mile radius.


suffertunity t1_jc07bn0 wrote

313 people were killed on local roads in the DC region in 2022. And 0 people were killed in the incident referred to in the post.

The fact this your comment is upvoted 7 times (probably because no one recognizes that it's off by an order of magnitude) in response to my -34 comment is proof that people, and probably r/washingtondc redditors in particular, have an extremely inaccurate understanding of the relative risks of driving vs. the metro.


suffertunity t1_jc06til wrote

On the contrary, the fact that people find driving less dangerous despite the fact that it's objectively far more dangerous is proof that their is not a direct relation between actual violence and how safe people find something.

What does make people feel unsafe on the metro and drive is redditors flipping out about every time a crime occurs anywhere on the metro.


suffertunity t1_jby30ah wrote

From a purely rational perspective, yes it is comparatively no big deal compared to other things we don't care about. Sometimes rationality does seem "looney tunes" as you put it.

From an emotional perspective, shootings on the metro are scary. I get that and your emotions are valid. But I'm just defending the people who don't care because they're technically correct not to.


suffertunity t1_j4m16xh wrote

Another article with more detail.

WMSC says that in getting trains back to service, Metro has been avoiding its providing adequate training. Metro operators are supposed to get 8 hours training with no passengers before they move to training with passengers. According to Metro they allowed moving up to 2 hours of no-passenger training to with-passenger training.

As a I rider, I say just grandfather those operators in and require compliance going forward. WMSC is being punitive here except instead of punishing Metro leadership they're punishing riders.


suffertunity t1_iy6y9xg wrote

This is why it's safer for most people to just jaywalk. Using a crosswalk involves either a) a multi-way intersection where vehicles can come from many different places, and it's all too easy for either a driver or the pedestrian to misread or ignore signals, or b) a "please stop here even though you probably won't" crossing in the middle of a street. Both of these situations have many points of failure.

Jaywalking in the middle of the street by contrast involves a simple process: 1) look left 2) look right 3) if you don't see anyone coming you can go, guaranteed. No looking out for left turn people not paying attention to the crosswalk, no cyclists who don't see you on the other side of a stopped SUV and think the light doesn't apply to them, just the total absence of any threat whatsoever.


suffertunity t1_ixzcbw6 wrote


It's crazy that deaths are rising given how many safety features have been added in the last decade or two (traction control, rear cameras, automatic braking). I think there's two factors at play that have a synergistic effect: 1) bigger vehicles with no additional taxes or discouragement for vehicles that are less safe for other drivers or pedestrians 2) Increasing number of assholes. And they boost each other because the vehicles represented by (1) appeal most to the people who represent (2).