Thirteen months ago, we started a very popular series on the blog: whichWMATA. Over the last 50 weeks, we’ve featured 250 images from 83 stations.
In the last retrospective, I reflected that Metro’s uniformity often made it difficult to find subject matter. In fact, somewhat prophetically, I said:
In Atlanta, for example, I could take a picture of blue glazed platform tiles and it could only be Garnett. But here, if I take a picture of the floor tiles, you can only narrow it down to 80 or so stations.
For our April Fools’ series this year, the episode from week 45 was a bit harder than a usual whichWMATA.
A floor tile from week 45.
Over the past few months, we’ve also had a few themed rounds, including shapes (week 40), colors (week 43), and the original five stations in the system (week 44). While themed weeks are fun, they’re also a bit harder to put together, so I can’t do them every week.
Rest assured, there are more themed weeks in the works. But in many cases, I have to actually visit stations (often far-flung) and collect photos first.
Pentagon City from week 40.
Of course, I’ve had help. Since our last retrospective, we’ve run several sets of photos submitted by readers. In week 33, I used five fantastic photos from thisisjamesj. Not to be outdone, reigning champion Peter K submitted photos that we used in week 38, week 41, and week 46.
If any of you ever want to try your hand, feel free to submit photos to email@example.com.
Gallery Place from week 33. Photo by thisisjamesj.
It’s hard to maintain a balance because many stations are far away, so I don’t have as many chances to get to them to collect photos. I do have a few photos from almost every station, but it’s definitely a slog to collect more.
Even so, the featured photos have been fairly even between Maryland and Virginia, with 28% and 29% of the share, respectively. Photos from DC make up 43% of the featured images.
In terms of line distribution, the Orange, Blue, Green, and Yellow lines are roughly tied at 15-16% each. The Silver Line, which opened after the series started, comes in at 13%. With 23%, the Red Line comprises the largest set of photos.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the series. I plan to keep it going for the foreseeable future.
As always, good luck! Thanks for playing!