Henry Grabar is a staff writer for Slate’s Moneybox and a former fellow at CityLab. He lives in New York.
It's said that the European railway system helped usher in the age of standardized time. For the first time, the great capitals were close enough to need clocks that ran together, or that differed by set amounts.
How ironic, then, that early Sunday morning, while thousands of drunken Washington D.C. residents were celebrating an extra hour of fun, the Washington D.C. Metro had gone home, thinking it was 4 a.m. when it was just 3 a.m.
The system closed at 3 a.m. EDT when it should have closed at 3 a.m. EST. Our deepest apologies to customers. #wmata (2/2)— @wmata (@wmata) November 5, 2012
WMATA had previously assured customers they would be open until 3 a.m. EST.
Top image: Flickr/Mustafa Khayat.