Washington's Metro Accidentally Takes Riders on a Tour of the World

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Aug. 14 2014 1:44 PM

Washington's Metro Accidentally Takes Riders on a Tour of the World

Perry Stein of the Washington City Paper caught a fun glitch on the Washington, D.C. Metro's website today: For several hours, riders who planned their trip using the Google Street View function of Metro's interactive map found themselves on a tour of the planet, terrestrial and aquatic. 


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WMATA/Google/Perry Stein

Dupont Circle
Dupont Circle

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WMATA/Google/Perry Stein

Congress Heights
Congress Heights

WMATA/Google/Perry Stein

Metro isn't sure why the visual safari occurred, and—sadly—has already fixed it. But for a few magical hours, riders inured to the dreary grind of commute-planning were treated to a delightful excursion far, far away from their swampy, sweltering metropolis.

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Mark Joseph Stern is a writer for Slate. He covers science, the law, and LGBTQ issues.



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