Feet per hour for many buses in snow
In what's been described as the worst gridlock in the area since September 11, 2001, hundreds were stranded in their cars for hours upon hours, inching only blocks or less.
Initially, some of those tie-ups were caused by buses, whose massive frames and heavy weight meant they couldn't make it up hills or navigate tight turns--and when they spun out or got stuck, they had the potential to block quite a few lanes of traffic. (Later, people abandoning their cars compounded the delays.)
But largely, buses were in the same place as the rest of us: They were simply stuck in lines of unmoving traffic. Unlike cars, though, Metrobuses have GPS readers on them, and the Post checks their whereabouts every hour. So they were interesting indicators of traffic in general on that unholy night this Wednesday.
For example, we know between 6:15 and 7:30, the 80 bus made it from 9th & G to 18th & K streets Northwest.
Minimum meters traveled in one hour:
The Post checked on buses every hour and calculated the distance (as the crow flies) that the buses had moved. The map at the top of the post shows those buses that moved under 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) in red, and those that had moved more than 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) in green.
Speeding along earlier in the evening were the P12 to Eastover, which made it from District Heights to Forest Heights between 4:20 and 5:20. The D16 made it from District Heights to Oxon Hill between 5:30 and 6:30.
Did you experience similarly excruciating rates of progress in your travels?
To identify an individual bus on the map, find it on this table, then enter it in the filter box above and click Apply, and then, from the Visualize menu, click Map.
(This post has been updated)
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