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Explosions and smoke-filled tunnels. Frustrated riders and epic commutes. This is the new normal on Washington’s Metro. Metropocalypse, a weekly podcast from WAMU 88.5, explores the unprecedented plan to rebuild tracks and re-engineer culture on the nation’s second largest transit system. Send questions & ideas to metro@wamu.org.

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Explosions and smoke-filled tunnels. Frustrated riders and epic commutes. This is the new normal on Washington’s Metro. Metropocalypse, a weekly podcast from WAMU 88.5, explores the unprecedented plan to rebuild tracks and re-engineer culture on the nation’s second largest transit system. Send questions & ideas to metro@wamu.org.

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Please continue this after safetrack

By Degos4life - Oct 06 2016
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I've actually never written a podcast review before now, but I felt like I needed to express how much I enjoy listening to WAMU's Metropocalypse. As someone very interested in transportation policy I find this podcast very engaging and absolutely fascinating. Guest speakers such as Zachary M. Schrag, Paul Winnefield, and members of congress bring interesting perspectives to the table and supplement the already excellent reporting done by the team. I listen to six other podcasts and this one has easily become my favorite. I hope programming will continue after safetrack

Excellent!

By Brusseldaniel - Aug 31 2016
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I love Metropocolypse. My only complaint is that it is only once a week when metro is disastrous on pretty much a daily basis. Hopefully all of this great reporting will really move metro in the right direction. Thanks WAMU!

iTunes Ratings

28 Ratings
Average Ratings
23
4
0
1
0

Please continue this after safetrack

By Degos4life - Oct 06 2016
Read more
I've actually never written a podcast review before now, but I felt like I needed to express how much I enjoy listening to WAMU's Metropocalypse. As someone very interested in transportation policy I find this podcast very engaging and absolutely fascinating. Guest speakers such as Zachary M. Schrag, Paul Winnefield, and members of congress bring interesting perspectives to the table and supplement the already excellent reporting done by the team. I listen to six other podcasts and this one has easily become my favorite. I hope programming will continue after safetrack

Excellent!

By Brusseldaniel - Aug 31 2016
Read more
I love Metropocolypse. My only complaint is that it is only once a week when metro is disastrous on pretty much a daily basis. Hopefully all of this great reporting will really move metro in the right direction. Thanks WAMU!
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Metropocalypse

Latest release on Dec 19, 2016

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 6 days ago

Rank #1: Episode 18: Full Throttle Into The Past With Zachary Schrag

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Why are there so few seats on Metro platforms? How did D.C. home-rule advocates impact the historical trajectory of the rail system? Why are there only two tracks in Metro tunnels? Zachary Schrag, author of The Great Society Subway, joins us for a live recording at Kramerbooks in D.C.

Oct 10 2016

53mins

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Rank #2: Episode 15: Report Cards, Wish Lists And Maglevs

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WMATA regularly gives itself a report card called Vital Signs, and the latest has some good news about railcar reliability, but bad news about on-time performance. We also discuss what Metro riders really want, and whether the U.S. has the desire and will to build high-speed maglev rail lines.

Sep 06 2016

26mins

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Rank #3: Episode 2: Dispatches From Day One

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The Metropocalypse crew is on the scene at the Ballston station in Virginia as the "new normal" takes effect. We also ask key questions of Metro's general manager and D.C.'s mayor, and we discuss what the end of late-night service means for everyday people.

Jun 07 2016

19mins

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Rank #4: Episode 3: Filling The Information Vacuum

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We talk to civic hackers who use WMATA's open data sources to share information about delays, accidents and more. The principal of a charter school with many non-native speakers of English talks about how language barriers can affect transit riders. And we ask: Is the latest Orange Line work boosting bike traffic in Arlington?

Jun 13 2016

19mins

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Rank #5: Episode 13: Metro’s Summer Of Stumbles

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We walk through all the ways Metro is having a bad summer with Politico's Lauren Gardner, Greater Greater Washington's David Alpert and members of the Metropocalypse Facebook group. There's also bonus appearances from public radio luminaries.

Aug 19 2016

25mins

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Rank #6: Episode 4: Historic Blunder Of Epic Proportions?

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SafeTrack hits its second phase, with full shutdowns of sections of the Orange Line forcing commuters to use bus "bridges" between stations. What if Metro had built extra tracks, though? We talk to a historian about why redundant stretches of rail weren't part of the system's blueprint.

Jun 21 2016

15mins

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Rank #7: Episode 17: Will Nats Fans Have To Race To The Metro Station?

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As playoff baseball returns to Washington, D.C., thousands of Nationals fans could face a choice: Stay for the end of a game, or leave early to catch the right Green Line train? Also, we discuss the acute misery of Blue Line riders: New data suggest their Metrorail experience is the worst in the system.

Oct 03 2016

15mins

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Rank #8: Episode 12: ‘Death Star’ With Earth Tones

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Next time you're in an underground Metro station, look up and around. Are you in a calming streetscape setting? Or does it feel more like an interstellar battle station? Historian Zachary Schrag discusses the architects’ original intent.

Aug 15 2016

9mins

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Rank #9: Episode 5: Why 1986 Still Matters

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In 1986, a federal official issued a warning: If Metro continued to expand rapidly, the system faced a future of stark choices over maintaining existing infrastructure. Metro chose expansion. We talk to a historian about that decision. We also hear from a former Metro general manager about the following years, and from an Arlington planner about measuring how riders are responding to SafeTrack.

Jun 27 2016

21mins

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Rank #10: Episode 9: #Hotcars And Hot Work

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Why is the air conditioning so bad on some Metro cars? And what, exactly, is happening out on the Orange Line tracks during SafeTrack surge No. 5? Martin Di Caro goes looking for answers.

Jul 26 2016

20mins

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