"No traffic jams. No stoplights. No long waits. Just train after train moving people."
But... we've been going through a rough patch lately. Station closures over holiday weekends. A fire on a Red Line train. Employees who steal emergency medical equipment. Really ridiculously, massively long delays.
All of which just makes the above video, "Metro: Here and Now," all the more unintentionally hilarious.
The '70s-era video earnestly promotes Metro as "an efficient, fast way to get from place to place." Maybe that was true when the first section of WMATA, stretching from Farragut North to Rhode Island Avenue, opened in March 1976, but that's not quite a valid statement today.
We'd describe the video more in depth but really, you have to see it to believe it.
Bonus: Amazingly good '70s fashion. We're talking leisure suits and some great facial hair here, folks.