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Slow going in Silver Spring

Update 7:50pm Colesville Road is closed between 16th Street and Spring S; Georgia Ave is closed between Eastern Ave and Cameron St. Piney Branch Rd. is slow from Flower Ave to University Blvd. Check the Post's traffic page for the latest.

Update 7pm: Late into rush hour, road closures remain in Silver Spring, and police activity and detours continue to tie up traffic around downtown Silver Spring, hours after a gunman took hostages and was later killed by police.

The Post's live traffic cameras show pedestrians moving about, but a large police presence, and the major intersection of Rte 29 and Wayne Ave is deserted.

The stretch of Georgia Ave that is impassible appears to now be limited to the short stretch between Colesville Rd and Wayne Ave. Parts of Wayne and Fenton are still blocked off. People are still being forced to detour on East West Highway and 16th Street, and those streets are experiencing heavy traffic.

Earlier: Streets are jammed with the two major arteries closed in downtown Silver Spring due to a hostage situation at Discovery Channel headquarters.

Georgia Avenue is closed in both directions from Colesville Road to Wayne Avenue.
Traffic entering Silver Spring on northbound Georgia Avenue is being rerouted left on Spring Street and then right onto 16th Street. Southbound traffic can also use 16th Street as an alternate route.

The Wayne Ave entrance to the Silver Spring Metro is closed, and area buses are detouring, according to Metro. Red Line trains are not affected.

According to Metro, Metrobuses have been temporarily relocated as follows: The 70s, J, S, Q and Y Metrobus Lines are picking up and dropping off passengers at Colesville Road and East West Highway. The Z Line is picking up and dropping off passengers at Colesville Road and Spring Street. The F4/F6 Lines are picking up and dropping off passengers at Colesville and Fenton Rd (Metro corrects their information to) Fenton Street and Philadelphia Avenue.

The wide perimeter is causing havoc with bus riders whose routes are inside the police zone. A man who doesn't speak English was standing on a sidewalk asking anyone who passed by, in spanish, if they knew were his bus was. He pleaded with a state trooper but walked away in frustration, dripping in sweat, the Post's Michael Rosenwald reports.

Ride-on buses in Silver Spring are boarding and discharging on Fenwick Lane. Buses are trying to adhere to their schedules in Silver Spring as much as possible due to the situation, but they are delayed. They're adhering to their "S-Plan".

The District's department of transportation is encouraging northbound motorists on Georgia Avenue coming from DC to use Piney Branch Road as an alternate route to bypass the closures on Georgia Avenue. Eastern Avenue, on the District/Montgomery county border, can also be used to get to 16th Street, the department advised.

Stay with Post Now for emerging details.

(This post has been updated)

By Luke Rosiak  | September 1, 2010; 4:00 PM ET
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That's awfully close to Metro. Is it still running and stopping there?

Posted by: runnergirl03 | September 1, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

If Georgia is closed between Cameron and Wayne, is Colesville Road closed at Geortia?

Posted by: Murre | September 1, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

@TBD is saying south entrance of silver spring metro is closed.

Posted by: taupecat | September 1, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Murre, I am at Colesville and Spring. I was actually walking up Colesville when this first started. Colesville shut down at Fenton to E-W hwy. Can't even walk down. Can get to the stores in the mall, but that is it.

Posted by: epjd | September 1, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Dr Gridlock: Please post info on WALKING restrictions. People returning to their cars in garages via Metro would have problems. THere are several county garages across Wayne from Discovery bldg. If roads are closed and Wayne exit from metro does one walk from Colesville/EWHwy exit to those garages?!

Posted by: ACNonPro | September 1, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

lovely....metro website does NOT show SS station entrance closed

Posted by: ACNonPro | September 1, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

What a shame... person comes to this country, doesn't speak english and is upset that he doesn't understand what's going on.

i wonder if he's even legal.

Posted by: seraphina21 | September 1, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

This just proves how pathetic metro's communication staff is. This has been going on for THREE HOURS, and there is nothing on the WMATA web site. The rail station is clear enough, but the relocated bus bays are all around the Discover Building - all 24 of them. Where are the buses actually stopping? From Metro - NOTHING. RideOn has a buried link on their page saying that buses are boarding on Fenwick Lane. Fenwick Lane is a block north of Tastee Diner, off of Georgia Ave.

Posted by: vtavgjoe | September 1, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

why does it matter if he's legal, he's sweaty and that is a crime you have committed against him, dirty teabaggers

Posted by: jiji1 | September 1, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

More traffic info for Metro, Bus and walking please!

Is Metro still open? Is Wayne exit closed? Is the E/W Hwy side open? Where are you allowed to walk?

This would be greatly appreciated, as I need to ensure I can get home to my family.

Posted by: Greent | September 1, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Please Dr. Gridlock...if you are northbound on Georgia Ave, you cannot get to Spring St. as it is north of the Discovery Bldg. I think cars would need to turn at 410 E-West Hwy.

Posted by: mitch661 | September 1, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

@mitch: perhaps chipping in for a map might help Dr. G's staff, as you are so correct.

If all buses are being routed onto E/W Highway - that is going to be a street to avoid!

Anyone know if you can walk up colesville to 2nd street - or is that completely closed off?

Posted by: Greent | September 1, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Looking at the traffic cameras on, I can see people walking on the north-west corner of the intersection of Colesville and East-West, and I can also see people crossing over 2nd Ave (also on the north-west side of colesville rd.) So it looks like you can exit the Silver Spring entrance from the North Entrance (side with starbucks and Einstein Bros bagels), and walk down towards East-West, or up the hill to 2nd Ave. If your car is on the other side of Colesville by Wayne, I have a feeling they won't let you walk up to the garages by the normal route.

If they won't let you walk up to Ramsey Street, then walk to 2nd Ave, turn left on 2nd, right on Cameron St., right on Fenton St., right on Bonifant and walk 3 blocks to the garages.

Posted by: UMDTerpsGirl | September 1, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Disruption at McPherson Square. Trains sharing same track btwn McPherson Sq & Federal Triangle due to a sick customer aboard a train at McPherson Sq. Delays both directions.

better not be the guy that passes out three times a week

Posted by: jiji1 | September 1, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

If he is at the bus stop, and cant speak English, to find his bus, then it sux to be him.

You come to this country, assimilate into our culture & learn ENGLISH! If you don't understand English, then either learn English, to better yourself, thru continuing education, or go back where you came from & stop being a burden to Americans & our way of life!

Adios Amigos!

Posted by: Robbnitafl | September 1, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

sux isn't a word, teabagger

Posted by: jiji1 | September 1, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Thanks UMDTerpsGirl! Much appreciate the update.

Posted by: Greent | September 1, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

hey Robbnitafl - lay off.

it's hard enough for native English speakers to know what the heck is going on. Bad signage, bad info, bad/conflicting reports on various sites. People without smartphones are screwed whether they speak English or not. And how many people know how to get to Fenwick Rd or the other alternate locations?!

Posted by: ACNonPro | September 1, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

@vtavgjoe - the wmata alerts are pretty good on buses but still doesn't say a word about the Wayne ave exit

Due to Police Activity near Silver Spring Station, 70's, S, Q, Y, and J Lines will board and alight at Colesville RD & East West Hwy.
Z Line will board and alight at Colesville RD & Spring Street.
F Lines will board and alight at Fenton St. & Philadelphia Ave.

Posted by: ACNonPro | September 1, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

very disappointing - no updates here for 2 hours?!

Posted by: ACNonPro | September 1, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Again, it falls upon this gentleman, who didn't understand ENGLISH, that when people did try to help him, in all the confusion, he couldn't understand.

Yes, it was a VERY hectic & confusing situation. A lot of everyday people were inconvienced by the gunmans action, the Discovery Communication Employees, their visitors, the children in daycare, even the commuters who were inconvienced by the construction of the new Transit Center.

But the bottom line is that there were people trying to tell him where to go, to catch his bus, and if he couldn't communicate with those trying to help him, then, as I said, it sucks (sux) to be him.

Montgomery County is VERY GOOD, in offering ESOL classes, to those individuals, who want to better themselves by learning ENGLISH. This is OUR country, a nation I have served & defended in the military & defended its freedoms. But if you come to my country, either assimlate into our culture, by learning ENGLISH, or go back where you came from.

Do you wish to travel with Pedro? Myself & other military veterans, will help you pack!

Posted by: Robbnitafl | September 1, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

seriously, Gridlock, you're falling down on the job. Is the SS metro station entrance on Wayne open? You don't "update" that info so does it mean it is still true or no longer true? BASICS! Wmata still doesn't show this on their alerts. Buses - still diverted? Pedestrians....can they walk everywhere?

Posted by: ACNonPro | September 1, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Metro needs to improve its communication. I called at 2 p.m. today to find out what was going on and how I could get home, and I could not find out any information. They could not confirm whether the Silver Spring station was opened or closed or whether buses were running.

The employee I spoke with at 202-627-7000 suggested I walk to Spring Street, which I did. There I found dozens of people waiting for a bus. I decided to walk the additional 2.5 miles home in the heat and in my business clothes because I had to pick up my child. North of 16th Street, I was able to flag down a bus which surprisingly had only three other people on it, despite the mass exodus from Silver Spring.

I mentioned to the bus driver that the Metro phone operators were not aware of the re-route and that dozens of people were waiting at Spring Street. He didn't give any indication that he would alert others about the re-route, saying that he had to go that way because of street closings. Yes, of course he did, but the dozens of passengers waiting in the heat are not mind-readers. Some were pregnant or with babies. Why can't Metro get their act together and have a communication plan? I understand that law enforcement had a horrible situation to deal with, but a routine communication plan could have prevented much suffering among bus and train commuters in this heat.

To all of you xenophobes posting previously, I wish I could have helped the Spanish-speaking gentleman, but even if given the chance, I had no information despite my best efforts to find out what was going on.

Posted by: tiara123 | September 1, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

why is english capitalized in this post but Spanish is not? Racist teabaggers

Posted by: jiji1 | September 2, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

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