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After finishing up her Saturday shift on Aug. 2, the Sunglass Hut sales associate smoked a cigarette in her car before embarking on that evening’s adventures. She needed something to calm her nerves: She was about to take her first-ever trip on Metro.
Since moving from Hampton, Va., to Fairfax County in March, White had been driving into D.C. to see friends. Several parking tickets later, she figured it was time for a new tactic.
Like many Tysons Corner Center employees, she wasn’t really sure who rides Metro:
“They’ve warned us that we’ll have all kinds of characters from all over,” White said. Her mom’s reservations, informed by a certain deadly scene in “House of Cards,” didn’t help. But White promised to stand at least 10 feet away from the platform edge.
Her first impression of the Tysons station: “This is nice.” She was less pleased by the farecard machines — until an employee swooped in to explain the process and handed her a map.
“I can go everywhere now,” she marveled, scanning the names of the stops. “U Street, Silver Spring, Dupont Circle, Smithsonian. I’ve been dying to go to museums.”
The sight of cops on the platform eased her concerns about safety, although she did question the number of shoppers who’d left the mall with their arms full of bags.
A lot of people are terrified of cities and actual, real city life–which includes mass transit. Are there bad, scary parts? Sure. But most of us aren’t that bad….