Big news coming out of Metro today: officials are considering allowing kiosks in certain Metro stations to sell packaged food in stations! The move is an attempt to increase revenue by adding kiosks at a number of stations (in DC: outside Anacostia, in Fort Totten, in Gallery Place-Chinatown, and in Metro Center). Kiosks could be newsstands, dry cleaning services, and even gourmet food stores.
But no, this doesn’t mean you’d be allowed to eat what you bought at a kiosk– the Metro food and drink ban is still in effect. About three years ago Metro solicited proposals for kiosks that would sell anything but food, beverages, and tobacco– but they didn’t get a good response and realized it wasn’t profitable to not sell food in transit stations.
This seems a little weird to me. I think I’d be really bitter if I were starving, and got a gourmet sandwich at a Metro kiosk (probably marked up ridiculously because of the captive audience), and had to sit there just looking at it the whole ride home. That’s just mean, Metro.