O sea... me subí al progreso!
- Perhaps I'm too accustomed to the other subway systems of the world, but I was totally thrown by the little green button you have to press in order to enter and exit the cars. A. and I stood there for a second until the guard pointed out that we had to push the button to get the door open.
- My main complaint about the system still stands: there are too few postings of street names, neighborhoods, whatever, along with the stations. You still don't know where the heck you are going! There are a few street maps in the cars, with the stations marked on them, but they are very hard to read.
- It's clean! Like every other city in the developing world, Santo Domingo is dirty. Trash is everywhere and capitaleños don't think twice about throwing trash on the street, at their feet, or wherever they please. Not the case on the Metro.
- It's quiet! "Quiet" is not a word many people use to desrcibe Dominicans, so it's truly amazing that the Metro is so calm and sedate. Most people just sat there, but those that were talking did so at a soft level, almost whispering!
- It's protected! There is a Metro guard in every car. S/he walks up and down to make sure that people are respecting the Metro. The poor guard we saw looked bored out of his mind, amidst the serenity and lack of bachata and mambo.