Sunday, November 11, 2012

Dominican Republic - The Bad: The Metro

A couple weeks ago, I posted the 'bad' of the Dominican Republic, but I forgot one item that makes me extremely angry and needs to be addressed - the metro here in Santo Domingo.

The metro here in the city is nice. It's clean, well policed and safe and despite there being only one line only going over a small portion of the city, there are problems with it.

First, people here run to get seats. I mean they 'literally' run to get seats.  Men, women, kids, the elderly, it doesn't matter, people sprint to the seats.  The worst part about this is: THEY DON'T WAIT TILL YOU GET OFF THE TRAIN!  You're waiting to get off the train and people push and shove their way past you to get a seat. It's incredibly frustrating and just so rude!  I can't handle it.

Also, when it comes to getting seats, if women don't feel they'll get a seat on a train, they'll actually stay on the platform, in the heat (and forgoing the air conditioned train) and wait for the next train to make sure they're one of the first people to plow through the doors (not letting anyone off first) to get a seat.  Wow.

Second, unlike every other subway in the world I've been in, in most of the stations here you can't go from one side of the platform to the other without having to pay again.  A tourist in the city and you enter through the wrong side to the train going the wrong way, well, you'll have to leave and pay again to get to the correct platform.  I find this very frustrating despite how cheap the metro is.

These two things can severely mar the otherwise pleasant metro here in the city.  Just the lack of respect for people getting off of the train is enough to drive a person insane when riding the metro each day.  

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