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Cool article! I left for collage the year Metro opened.

The "muggings and urination" line is a good insight into the driving design goal of Metro: that it not be an urban subway system. More specifically, that it not be the NYC subway system.

By the sixties cities were considered run-down, filthy, dangerous and dysfunctional places and their subways were a microcosm. Suburbs were clean, new and modern. Metro was built as a commuter railroad more than a city subway system. So it had forward-facing seats instead of benches, carpeting, and bans on disruptive conduct like eating and bringing bikes aboard.

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