Metro Leaves the Light on for You, Like It or Not

Posted on October 9, 2007 

Metro Leaves the Light on for You, Like It or Not

At Metro’s headquarters in downtown Washington, the lights pop on at 5:30 every weekday morning. Hours before the masses arrive for work, the building glows like a silent, hulking eight-story spaceship.

Every evening, most employees go home at 5, but the lights stay on for three more hours, bright enough that passersby can see the artwork in individual offices. No “Starry Night,” apparently.

The electric bill was $1,775,194.96 last year: nearly $1,400 per employee.

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