After extensive time in both cities there is NO WAY that DC deserves a better rating than NYC. A list of reasons: 1. The DC Metro closes at midnight on weeknights. Oh, you work at a bar/restaurant that closes at 11:30? Good luck closing and getting to the train on time. 2. NO MONTHLY UNLIMITED PASS IN DC. NYC, monthly pass is a bit pricy BUT IT EXISTS AND TAKES YOU TO ALL THE PLACES! 3. Why do I have to go to a CVS or Giant to buy a Smart trip? 4. The weird thing that happens with the yellow/green line during rush hour. 5. Need to dive through closing doors to make the train? DC Metro will hold your backpack hostage and leave you fearing for your live. NYC subway doors will be easily pushed open. Maybe I am biased on the 45 minute wait thing because most of my time is spent below 70th street or in the near reaches of Brooklyn, but I <3 the subway. One point for DC though, the Circulator bus is MAGIC. P.S. Why am I so passionate about this?