The new Silver Line is opening in the DC Metro today and while I’m always happy to see an expansion of our fine system the word is that it will significantly slow down my commute. :(
Our Metro system is changed a lot over the years and though many things of been improved upon, I think it’s design has suffered. The original Metro design was simply great. I know brutalism isn’t for everyone, but this was quite well done and I particular like the color schemes that they used. The warm browns and oranges served as a great contrast to the cooler concrete colors that surrounded them.
Unfortunately there’s a trend to move all the cars and signage to that most boring and bureaucratic of color schemes: blue and gray. Sigh. Dull and not nearly as good accent colors against an already gray/green interior. Add to this all the bolted on objects, and bad advertisements plastered in strange places and the system’s once great design is beginning to look fractures and sloppy.
So I enjoy every time I get on with the older cars with its warm lighting, and warm colors, I just feel so much more relaxed than the newer cars which are over-lighted and harsher interior.
Oh, and while I’m on the topic of the DC Metro’s past, here’s a early fascinating PSA from on it: