in DC: CoHi WMATA mornings
Not every morning, but just about every morning, Columbia Heights metro riders are “treated” to the sound of escalators in dire need of some repair, or maybe just some WD-40… If you’ve got headphones on, it might just sound like a strange form of urban morning birdsong. If you’ve got a hangover, it probably feels like a dentist’s drill on your skull. Primarily it sounds like a noise that one is not used to and perhaps should not be comfortable with coming from an escalator that they’re riding.
Most mornings, I’m able to ignore it, but today it seemed particularly loud… or annoying… or both.
That’s not normal, right? I mean, it only happens in the morning so far as I’ve seen, so it might be a reaction to temperature or humidity. But it still doesn’t seem like parts moving together that make that kind of noise are happily moving together.
However it’s not enough to make me stop using the escalators or anything. In this city, if the light is green and the escalator is moving, it counts as a valid ride! Anyone else hear this often at CoHi or other stations? I assume it’s just a morning thing, but it would be interesting to know if the cry of the “WMATA Escalator Screeching Warbler” is heard anyplace else in the District and surrounding areas. We might need to develop The DC Field Guide to Urban Wildlife so that newcomers aren’t frightened by the odd sights and sounds that residents have learned to long since ignore.