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By Michael Bolden  | October 11, 2010; 8:09 AM ET
Categories:  Commuting, Driving, Metro, MetroAccess, Metrobus  
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Because of the Metro shutdown I drove my wife to work. Her stop is Foggy Bottom, but we figured there would be reduced service on the Blue Line, and since there is a Caps game tonight she didn't want to drive herself because then we'd have to pay to park two cars (by driving her this morning, I can pick her up this afternoon and go across town to the arena). If only all days could be so easy on the roads! We left home in Kingstowne at 8:13 and I was back home by 8:53. Set the cruise control at 70 mph in the express lanes on the way in and at 65 mph in the local lanes on the way back home and only had to deactivate it one time. I can't say I've ever been able to do that during rush hour except during the week between Christmas and New Year's.

Maybe the private sector should start observing all the federal Monday holidays on the day AFTER the feds observe them. :-) In all seriousness, though, the lack of traffic on I-395 really underscored just how huge a portion of the DC area workforce works for the government.

Posted by: 1995hoo | October 11, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

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