At Union Station, the south escalator down into the Metro station is broken. I walk slowly down the steps behind a man with a cane having some trouble. A MARC train appears to have arrived and the Metro station platform is full, but Red Line trains to Shady Grove are running seven minutes apart — at rush hour. A voice on the PA system fuzzily announces a delay, and that trains are moving. I am unable to squeeze into the first train that arrives, but manage to get into the one after it. At Metro Center, a 6-car Blue Line train is waiting, but one car is dark and closed. Then at Foggy Bottom, one of the two escalators going up from platform to mezzanine is broken, forming a huge bottleneck. Again, another up-escalator is broken from mezzanine to street level, causing yet more traffic. Finally I emerge into the hot, hot sun. Not a good Metro day.