Washington D.C. commuters love to complain about Metro. And the D.C. subway system does have its faults: rising fares, rush-hour delays, malfunctioning fare card machines, and surly station managers.

But I spent thousands of hours riding Metro in my day, and all in all I think it’s pretty great. It’s fast and convenient, and makes it possible to get around this city without a car. Plus, the Metro stations are beautiful. Especially on quiet, nearly empty Sunday evenings.

Eastern Market station in Capitol Hill. Dan and Alex are newly minted D.C. interns — they just arrived in town and are enjoying one of their first trips on Metro.

Joburg has the Gautrain now, which is great. But it’s not the same. I miss you, Metro.

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