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  1. I think the festival has gotten way too commercialized.
  2. From the Washington Post For the second time in a month, an electrical problem shut down part of the Red Line yesterday, disrupting the morning commute for thousands of Metro riders. But the two-hour shutdown, triggered by a fire about 5 a.m., was less severe than the one March 18. Yesterday's incident was caused by an electrical fire at an above-ground substation where a contractor was replacing cable Sunday night, said Lem Proctor, Metro's chief operating officer for rail. The substation is at Connecticut Avenue and Belmont Road NW between the Woodley Park-Zoo and Dupont Circle Metro stations. Track was shut down between the Dupont Circle and Van Ness stations. Because the shutdown occurred before Metro's normal 5:30 a.m. opening, transit officials had time to round up 23 shuttle buses and dispatch 26 transit workers to help direct passengers at the affected stations, spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said. Metro also asked for help from D.C. police, who sent nine officers, she said. The buses carried 2,237 passengers around the trouble spots, she said.
  3. Of all America's budget-minded travelers, the indigent college student has led the way in discovery and innovation: from choosing destinations with ridiculously favorable exchange rates, to lodging in hostels, to living for free as volunteers. Now those same pioneers, bless 'em, have hit on a cheap, clean, and reliable mode of transportation closer to home: the "Chinatown shuttles" of the northeastern United States. Created when second-generation Chinese-Americans started attending universities away from home, the buses ferried their first-generation parents, who spoke little English, from New York to Boston so they could deliver care packages (Momma's culinary goodies) to their children. The special round-trip fares for the Big-Apple-to-Beantown route still run as little as $25 on journeys originating in Boston, and for just a bit more (say $35 to $40 round-trip) from Manhattan, thus greatly underselling the established lines (Trailways, Peter Pan, Greyhound: $42 one way, $79 round-trip). That business model has since spread to other cities. A number of passengers (especially on the cheaper red-eye buses) are today itinerant restaurant workers who go wherever they are needed (have cell phone, will travel). Chinatown shuttles now operate between New York and six cities: Boston; Philadelphia; Baltimore; Washington, D.C.;
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