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Get There: June 25, 2006 - July 1, 2006

Assessing Performance

I've gotten some answers to your questions about performance during the storm. I've got to say, all in all, it seems like most people had limited gripes. There were a few real difficulties -- mostly on Metro and in the District -- but overall I've heard fewer complaints than I would have expected. Let's get to the ones I did here: OrangeLineHater wrote: "The Orange Line this week has been unbearable. WMATA lists 10 minute delays on their Web site ... um, try 1 hour, 15 minutes to get from McPherson Square to W. Falls Church last night. And another hour this morning. Why can't they be honest about the delays? I can understand that the trains would be slower because of the problems at Federal Triangle, but how about some 8-car trains for the Orange Line? I waited out three trains last night before I was able to squeeze...

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 30, 2006; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Commuting  
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Report Card

It looks like we might have made it through the worst of the weather and the commutes (he said with fingers crossed.) So that means it's time to assess how our local transportation departments did. Tell me what you think they did well and where they need to improve. And I will do my best to get answers to any questions y'all have over the next couple of days. I say the next couple of days because many officials are still out there working hard to get everything back in order, so it may take a little time to get answers. So let 'er rip......

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 28, 2006; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Commuting  
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Is That Rain I See?

Yes it is, and it's coming down hard yet again. So far, though, the morning commute appears bearable. The main trouble spot on the interstates is on I-395 in Virginia, where standing water in the northbound lanes is slowing drivers to about 5 miles an hour near Shirlington. That will probably be enough to slow that highway, and perhaps parts of I-95, throughout the morning commute. Otherwise, there are dozens and dozens of high water spots on secondary roads across the region. Transit is more hopeful today, with Metro and MARC running fine and VRE running a limited schedule. The forecast isn't good. Rain is expected this morning, this afternoon and tonight and more is on the way tomorrow, so there are sure to be more problems. Track all of the traffic and weather reports here throughout the day. But that's what I know. Be sure to let me know...

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 27, 2006; 6:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
 
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Rain, Rain and More Rain

Some of the major problems on the area's roads and rails have been cleared, but several major complications remain for afternoon commuters. In Virginia, the Beltway was cleared and reopened this morning, but more than a dozen secondary roads are still flooded. In Maryland, Route 29 and a handful of roads are also flooded and in the District jams are all over the city because of downed trees and malfunctioning traffic lights. Metro has reopened all its stations, but riders continue to report slow service. The news on the suburban commuter lines is not good: VRE has announced that no trains will run today and the service will not make a determination about tomorrow until around 4:30 a.m. On MARC, the Brunswick and Camden lines will not operate today. The Penn line is operating on a holiday schedule. Take a look at the road cameras and the alerts on our...

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 26, 2006; 1:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Commuting  
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