On Saturday, an Alexandria man will attempt what he is calling “the Metrothon”—a day-long Metro train ride that includes visits to all 86 stations in Virginia, DC and Maryland, posting photos of each stop on Twitter and then hightailing it back to his starting point before service ends for the evening.
Why would anyone attempt this?
Well, for one thing, Steve Ander is fond of the region’s rail-transit system.
“I actually do love the Metro,” said Ander, a government research consultant.
It’s also a New Year’s resolution, albeit a peculiar one.
Early Saturday morning, Ander will drive to the Franconia-Springfield station from his residence in Old Town to begin his journey just as trains begin running at 7 a.m.
He hopes to make it back to his car before system the system closes early Sunday.
“I wanted to see if it could be done and how fast,” he said.
Ander will get off at each stop, exit the station through the turnstile, snap a photo of station pole and then hop back on. It's an effort similar to the DC Metro Challenge, though Ander will actually exit the station at each stop.
In July 2013, a young couple posted photos of themselves at all 118 Manhattan subway stations in a single day.
Ander will document his efforts on Twitter at @Metro_nomad and use the hashtag "#metrothon."
“I think it's doable,” he said.
Thankfully for Ander’s sake, the Silver Line to Tysons Corner isn’t expected to open until the spring.