Is WMATA really that bad? This data scientist says Metro is unfairly vilified

Maybe it’s good that Keith Kelly didn’t have much of a bias against the Metro when he started digging into WMATA’s new real-time train position API. “I don’t really ride it much,” he shrugs. So how does he get around, you ask? “Well, I like to walk…”The real reason, though, is that Kelly is new to D.C. He moved here just six weeks ago, from Austin, Texas, after graduating with a master’s in computational physics. His girlfriend lives in the District. For such a new addition to the city, though, Kelly very quickly threw himself into the middle of so many D.C. residents’ favorite conversation and complaint topic — our trials and tribulations with WMATA. In a blog post published at the end of August, Kelly used WMATA’s train position API…


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