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WASHINGTON - An Alexandria man is trying to accomplish a difficult New Year's resolution:  he's trying to visit every single Metro station -- and photograph himself outside of them -- in one day.

Steven Ander's normal commute on Metro-rail is 20 minutes a day each way.  On this day, the 31-year old Alexandria resident is riding on Metro for 20 hours.  Ander put a "day pass" on his Smartrip card, so he could pop in and out of Metro stations, go to the main pylon outside, and take a cell phone photograph to prove he was there.  He is tweeting the pictures @Metro_Nomad.

Ander is trying to hit all 86 Metro stops in one day.  His plan:  visit all the "outer" stations first, starting with the Blue and Yellow lines in Virginia.  Then the Orange line in Virginia.  Then the west part of the Red Line in D.C. and Maryland.

He started at 7:00 a.m. Saturday, when rail service opened for the day, at the Franconia-Springfield station in Virginia.  

Metro is open for 20 hours on Saturdays, and Ander may need all 20 to accomplish his goal.  

On this weekend day, there's a lot of track work on Metro, so waiting time between trains can be as long as 20 minutes.  That's both good and bad for Stephen Ander.  It gives him time to photograph his watch at each station pylon (and post the photos online).  But it also means a lot of time waiting for trains.  

Of course, there's a benefit to the waiting:  bathroom breaks. "Living around here for so long," Ander told us as we rode with him on the Orange Line in Virginia, "I've been able to figure out where all the Starbucks are, and [I] drop off and go to the bathroom.  But, otherwise, I've been kind of slowly easing myself off the liquids and [ingesting] very little caloric intake. 

WHAT ABOUT FOOD?  I can't eat on the Metro.  That's part of the rules, one of the Metro rules.  So, I have to eat granola bars when I get outside the turnstiles."

Follow his journey on twitter: @Metro_nomad

CLICK ON THE SLIDESHOW ABOVE TO SEE PHOTOS FROM HIS JOURNEY!


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