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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

29 Ratings
Average Ratings
24
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

Updated 12 days ago

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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.

Rank #1: Episode 1: The Surge

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Welcome to the inaugural edition of Metropocalypse, WAMU 88.5's new podcast about Metro. WAMU 88.5's Martin DiCaro and Politico's Martine Powers explore what the "new normal" will be for the Washington region's subway system, and we talk to the chairman of Metro's board about why commuters will have to pay peak fares during disrupted service.
May 31 2016
14 mins
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Rank #2: EPISODE 27: A Metro Carol

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Metro is taking disciplinary action against half its track inspection department. Late-night trains will not return until July 2019 at the earliest. Will the new year usher in a season of festivity and goodwill to all riders?
Dec 19 2016
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Rank #3: Episode 16: Has Metro’s ‘Death Spiral’ Begun?

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More than a decade ago, a top Metro official warned of the potential for a "death spiral" involving a confluence of maintenance problems, budget pressures and rider dissatisfaction. Chris Zimmerman was on WMATA's board at the time, and he explains why those warnings went unheeded. We also ask three Metropocalypse listeners about their experiences using the rail service.
Sep 13 2016
25 mins
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Rank #4: Episode 24: Worst Of The Worst Commutes

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Red Line commuters can be thankful that the 10th SafeTrack surge is winding down. But the month-long rehab project, which shut down service along Fort Totten and NoMa/Gallaudet, highlighted how disruptions in a small corner of the system can have dramatic impacts on daily commutes.
Nov 21 2016
15 mins
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Rank #5: Episode 23: Can Donald Trump Make Metro Great Again?

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The president-elect's promise to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure improvements is emerging as one of the least divisive aspects of his agenda, at least at this early stage. Will the Republican-controlled Congress go along with it? And would any of the money help WMATA?
Nov 15 2016
21 mins
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Rank #6: 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
26 mins
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Rank #7: 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
19 mins
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Rank #8: 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
19 mins
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Rank #9: 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
25 mins
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Rank #10: 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
53 mins
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