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Another Race This Weekend

This Sunday is the date for the annual Army 10-Miler. Metrorail is going to open early and provide extra service on the Blue Line, something the race sponsors pay for, as does the sponsor of any activity that requests extra service.

The race starts at 8 a.m. Sponsors want the runners at the start line no later than 7:45 a.m. The rail system will open at 6 a.m., an hour earlier than normal. Meanwhile, Metrobus operations at the Pentagon Transit Center will be relocated to Pentagon City until Arlington County reopens the roadways affected by the race. Metro figures the buses will be back at the Pentagon at about 1 p.m. (The Pentagon Metrorail station remains open through all this.)

Here's a link to a map of the route through Arlington and the mall area in the District. The map may take a minute to load.

The race, which begins at 8 a.m. and concludes at 11 a.m., begins on Route 27 (Washington Boulevard) in Arlington and continues into the District of Columbia. It ends in the Pentagon South Parking Lot.

There will be extra trains on the Blue Line between 6 a.m. and the start of the race, and again from 11:15 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. The Blue Line trains are scheduled to leave every seven minutes from Franconia-Springfield and Stadium-Armory.

If you're planning to participate or watch, get off the trains at the Pentagon or Pentagon City stations on the Blue and Yellow Lines. Parking on weekends is always free at Metro-operated lots and garages.

[Update]

Here's a list of the federal road closures from the park police. (DC doesn't plan any local street closures for the 10-Miler.)

All the closures below are scheduled to begin at 7:20 a.m. The roads are to reopen by 11 a.m.

1. South Bound Rock Creek Parkway - All traffic to exit Pennsylvania Avenue
2. Rock Creek Parkway from Virginia Avenue to Ohio Drive
3. Potomac Freeway at Ohio Drive
4. Parkway Drive from Ohio Drive to Lincoln Memorial Circle
5. Memorial Bridge - East and Westbound
6. Constitution Avenue East & Westbound from 17th Street to 23rd Street NW
7. 17th Street south bound from Constitution Avenue to Independence Avenue
8. 15th Street north bound from Constitution Avenue to Maine Avenue
9. Inlet Bridge to 23rd Street S.W. - 5: a.m.
10. Independence Avenue between 15th and 23rd streets SW
11. West Basin Drive from Ohio Drive to Independence Avenue - 5 a.m.
12. West Potomac Park - 5:00 a.m.
13. George Washington Memorial Parkway northbound ramp to Memorial Bridge

14. George Washington Memorial Parkway south bound ramp to Boundary Channel/Washington Blvd - 5:30 am

15. South Bound Boundary Channel split to Washington Boulevard - 5:30 am



Another note about the weekend:

Monday is Columbus Day and it's once again a holiday service day for Metro. Parking will be free all day. Metrorail will open at 5 a.m. and close at midnight, and the trains will run on a modified Saturday schedule. Metrobus and MetroAccess service will operate on a regular weekday schedule.

This is a change from last year, when Metro tested the effect of operating regular weekday service on Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and President's Day, because ridership tended to be higher than on other holidays. But the ridership on the rails proved too low to justify the cost. That's why the rails are back to the modified Saturday schedule for Columbus Day and the others.

By Robert Thomson  |  October 3, 2007; 8:26 AM ET
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Enough with the races blocking off major routes in and out of the city. Isn't there some limit on these? Shouldn't there be? The Marine Corps marathon is bad enough, but now we have the nation's triathlon, the national marathon, the army ten miler and who knows what else . . .

Posted by: ah | October 3, 2007 10:36 AM | Report abuse

The Army Ten Miler is about 20 years old. It happens every year on the same route (except the year of 9/11).

Posted by: Anonymous | October 3, 2007 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Stop your whining ah and get off the couch.

Posted by: oh | October 3, 2007 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Why not come out and support the runners, especially the "Missing Parts in Action" runners. This group is made up of military amputees and they show great courage with their service to the country as well as great courage competing in this race.

Posted by: Chris | October 3, 2007 11:30 AM | Report abuse

is parking free in the city on Columbus day. And are all the neighborhood parking restrictions lifted that day (even in Georgetown?) I can never find this information on dc.gov

Posted by: chuck | October 3, 2007 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Dr. Gridlock, might I suggest adding something to your blog entry and the Sunday transportation page regarding Columbus Day? Specifically, a reminder that most of the roads that normally change direction for rush hour (Canal Road, Rock Creek Parkway, and 15th Street, to name three) do not do so on federal holidays. A lot of us in the private sector do not have Columbus Day off, and every year I hear stories of people being involved in near-misses on Canal Road because they fail to account for the holiday traffic pattern.

Thanks in advance.

Posted by: Rich | October 3, 2007 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Also, the AIDS-walk is Saturday, on the Mall.

Posted by: mark | October 3, 2007 12:00 PM | Report abuse

It's pretty sad that people are upset because they want to drive their cars (probably with a yellow ribbon on it) rather than honor the soldiers who gave up their limbs to put the oil in it.

Posted by: Tim from Silver Spring | October 3, 2007 12:14 PM | Report abuse

What about those of us who actually have to work on Columbus Day? I work for a law firm. The morning commute isn't too bad but the afternoon is always ugly.

Posted by: Loretta Perry | October 3, 2007 12:37 PM | Report abuse

"It's pretty sad that people are upset because they want to drive their cars (probably with a yellow ribbon on it) rather than honor the soldiers who gave up their limbs to put the oil in it"

Go drink some more of the Kool Aid you pathetic little Cheney lover. Go worship your little chicken hawk friends. Those soldiers "gave up their limbs" because they decided to enlist in the armed forces. Great for them. IT WAS THEIR CHOICE!!! Do you understand that word. CHOICE. If they were stupid enough to want to fight the Bush-Cheney war, then so be it. But no, I will not worship them as you ask. I honor those who were drafted against their will yet still fought valiantly in Vietnam. Those are real heroes. Now go away you little piece of trash.

Posted by: Give Me A Break | October 3, 2007 12:37 PM | Report abuse

The triathalon, now the Army 10-miler, the Marine Marathon, etc. Please stop these annoying races, and give us back our downtown streets on the weekends!

Posted by: Fed up DC resident | October 3, 2007 12:42 PM | Report abuse

"The triathalon, now the Army 10-miler, the Marine Marathon, etc. Please stop these annoying races, and give us back our downtown streets on the weekends!"

Hear, hear. Put these losers in some little indoor venue and let them run around the track like the pathetic little hamsters that they are. Why should hundreds of thousands of us be inconvenienced so that a few attention-seekers can run and puke. GIVE ME A BREAK!

Posted by: Give Me A Break | October 3, 2007 12:45 PM | Report abuse

To "Give Me a Break" and "Fed up DC Resident"...

Why don't you get off the couch and recognize the benefits from these races? With obesity such a nationwide problem, it's encouraging to have these events to inspire people to be active.

Additionally, these events generate revenue for worthy organizations and the city itself. There are plenty of alternate routes to take to get in and out of the city (not to mention public transportation).

Posted by: A proud triathlete & marathoner | October 3, 2007 1:04 PM | Report abuse

From Dr. Gridlock: Rich, I'll put every advisory I can pull together into a Friday blog item -- all the stuff for the weekend, Columbus Day and next week.
In Sunday's Metro section, we'll have our usual holiday box with its listing of what's open or closed and what traffic regulations are in effect.

Posted by: Robert Thomson | October 3, 2007 1:18 PM | Report abuse

To "A Proud Triathlete and Marathoner":

Go f*ck yourself you autistic little loser. I run four miles a day, six days a week. But I don't feel the need to inconvenience hundreds of thousands of people so that I can do it.

Posted by: Give Me A Break | October 3, 2007 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Look, I've got no problem with races, or with exercise, or with worthy causes. That's not the point. The point is that races, and not just ones for worthy causes, regularly manage to weave all over the banks of the potomac, which has the 4 main routes out of the city into Virginia. When they are closed for races, a select few racers benefit at the expense of a large number of VA and DC residents.

Posted by: ah | October 3, 2007 1:33 PM | Report abuse

can we please delete these Give Me a Break Posts? The Post's own policy says:

"User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site."

These are pretty sick and this is one disturbed person. I don't think he or she should be allowed to drive if he os she is this tightly wound--I sure don't want to be anywhere near him or her.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 3, 2007 2:15 PM | Report abuse

ah, 26,000 people have signed up for the ATM, as they have almost every year in recent memory. This is not a few people. Most are in the armed forces. This is three hours of your Sunday morning, I mean come on, is this worth getting raised blood pressure?

Posted by: Anonymous | October 3, 2007 2:16 PM | Report abuse

"can we please delete these Give Me a Break Posts? The Post's own policy says:

"User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site."

These are pretty sick and this is one disturbed person. I don't think he or she should be allowed to drive if he os she is this tightly wound--I sure don't want to be anywhere near him or her."

Who died and made you the hall monitor??? Talk about "tightly wound".

I can't help it if you can't recognize humor and sarcasm when it hits you in the face.

Personally, I find your post "inappropriate". Thus I ask the WaPo to please remove it. Gee, slippery slope anyone.

The bottom line is this. These races inconvenience hundreds of thousands of people so that a few hundred or so can benefit. That is ridiculous. Put these "fitness enthusiasts" on an indoor track somewhere out in Loudon County and call it a day. Problem solved.

Posted by: Give Me A Break | October 3, 2007 2:20 PM | Report abuse

"can we please delete these Give Me a Break Posts?"

By the way, you do realize this is the United States of America, don't you. You are welcome to return to your true love, the U.S.S.R. under Yuri Andropov. Me, I would rather stay here. And I trust that the WaPo will honor free speech above all else.

Posted by: Give Me A Break | October 3, 2007 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Wow...the bitter self involved denizens that make this city a worse place to be with their undeserved sense of entitlement
are making themselves heard..

UGH.


Posted by: Sunshine | October 3, 2007 2:27 PM | Report abuse

you find this a resonable and reasoned response that is not a personal attack?:

"Go f*ck yourself you autistic little loser."

You need help.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 3, 2007 2:28 PM | Report abuse

"Wow...the bitter self involved denizens that make this city a worse place to be with their undeserved sense of entitlement
are making themselves heard..

UGH."

I TOTALLY agree Sunshine. These runners and their "causes" sicken me as much as they do you. Talk about self-involved denizens. You are SO RIGHT!!!!!

Posted by: Give Me A Break | October 3, 2007 2:30 PM | Report abuse

and the Post does not need to publish everything. The First Amendment applies to government censorship of free speech, not that of a private company. You do not get an automatic forum. Please read your Constitution before attacking others.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 3, 2007 2:30 PM | Report abuse

"you find this a resonable and reasoned response that is not a personal attack?:

"Go f*ck yourself you autistic little loser.""

Actually, I find it very humorous. And read the rest of the response, you little cretin (oh, gee, does that offend you too???) Get a thicker skin. This is the internet, my friend.

Posted by: Give Me A Break | October 3, 2007 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Both the Army 10 Miler and Marine Corps Marathon has tens of thousands of people, not just a "few hundred". They are also held on Sunday and the Army 10 miler tends to have the roads open again by 11 am - and very few people are up and about by that time on a Sunday anyway.

The handling of the national Triathlon was done rather poorly however, as even the cops who were blocking off the streets didn't know why (I asked). Plus holding it the day of a major draw to the Mall makes no sense and I'm not quite sure how that could get approved.

And for Mr. Gimme a Break - how do you react to when streets are shut down for people who are protesting? Is that expressing freedom of speech as well? Plus you might want to ramp your mileage (beyond the fact its a miserably tiny amount) as you have a lot of anger issues that need to be worked on. (setting watch to see how long until he rants against this...)

Posted by: wow | October 3, 2007 2:33 PM | Report abuse

"and the Post does not need to publish everything. The First Amendment applies to government censorship of free speech, not that of a private company. You do not get an automatic forum. Please read your Constitution before attacking others."

Zzzzzzzzzz. Wake me when this person has left the building please. And I love the term "your Constitution". What are you, French????? Go away now. You bother all right-thinking Americans.

Posted by: Give Me A Break | October 3, 2007 2:34 PM | Report abuse

"And for Mr. Gimme a Break - how do you react to when streets are shut down for people who are protesting? Is that expressing freedom of speech as well? Plus you might want to ramp your mileage (beyond the fact its a miserably tiny amount) as you have a lot of anger issues that need to be worked on. (setting watch to see how long until he rants against this...)"

I find it truly offensive that you think that I am a man. You are no better than Isaiah Thomas. You have many gender issues that need to be worked on my little friend. Did your mother not love you??

Posted by: Give Me A Break | October 3, 2007 2:37 PM | Report abuse

can u tell us what roads will be closed?? i can't tell from the map and need to be in arlington on sunday.

Posted by: wg | October 3, 2007 2:43 PM | Report abuse

actually that was directed towards you and your non-supportive ilk.
Exercise and the promotion of health are worthy things. Bitter SUV drivers are not

Run on and be happy!

Posted by: Clear skies | October 3, 2007 2:53 PM | Report abuse

"actually that was directed towards you and your non-supportive ilk.
Exercise and the promotion of health are worthy things. Bitter SUV drivers are not

Run on and be happy!"

Gee, no kidding. You might want to look up sarcasm in the dictionary.

Oh, by the way, enjoy your granola. If only every Hummer driver could run over a pedestrian each day, this world would be a better place. Eventually.

Posted by: Give Me A Break | October 3, 2007 2:56 PM | Report abuse

yo wg - looks like the race is on washington blvd and no other roads will be affected in arlington. i was worried that my oktoberfest-tivities in arlington would be disrupted.

Posted by: om | October 3, 2007 2:58 PM | Report abuse

"yo wg - looks like the race is on washington blvd and no other roads will be affected in arlington. i was worried that my oktoberfest-tivities in arlington would be disrupted."

Shhhh. Oktoberfest??!?!?! That is not allowed. It sounds like food, drink, and fun with friends. You can't do that, don't you listen to the people on this blog? You must get up at 6AM, run 10 miles, eat a salad, drink some purified water, have a bowel movement that does not smell, and then go run another 10 miles. You are NOT ALLOWED TO HAVE FUN!! Get with the program.

Posted by: Give Me A Break | October 3, 2007 3:01 PM | Report abuse

if you are so proud of your free speech, Give Me a Break, use your real name so we can see who is spewing this vile invective. Not so proud of it that you would be brave enough to be nasty to people's faces, are you? You are clearly a sick person (and I noted "he or she" not assuming either gender)

Posted by: Anonymous | October 3, 2007 3:06 PM | Report abuse

You're hilarious!!! One person's vile invective is another's hilarious hijinks! It's the varied world we live in. Enjoy it instead of getting all worked up.

Posted by: Give Me A Break | October 3, 2007 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Everyone, please remember to take your meds before you get on these boards and start cursing people out.

Or, go get yourself a f*ck buddy.

(Excuse me everyone, but I had to).

Posted by: YourStrawberry23 | October 3, 2007 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Ride the effing metro.

Posted by: One Less Car | October 3, 2007 3:37 PM | Report abuse

"If only every Hummer driver could run over a pedestrian each day, this world would be a better place."

Yeah...especially if they manage to mow down Gimme A Break. Today has been funky from the get go, and I see this blog wasn't spared. Gimme A Break, this blog has a bunch of regular commenters that are generally known to each other. The tone is polite and constructive dialogue 99 percent of the time. I don't see what you gain by being so rough edged in your posts. I do see what you (and the rest of us) lose: civility and respect. You and you alone will have to answer (to God, Satan, or your mother) for the, ahem, interesting things you post here.

Rich, good catch with pointing out about the reversal of rush hour travel lanes not happening on federal holidays. That's easy to forget about on obscure days like Columbus Day.

Posted by: CyanSquirrel | October 3, 2007 4:18 PM | Report abuse

"Rich, good catch with pointing out about the reversal of rush hour travel lanes not happening on federal holidays. That's easy to forget about on obscure days like Columbus Day."

Thanks, although I don't know if I'd call Columbus Day "obscure." Perhaps that comes from growing up in the DC area, where so many people work for the government and thus have the day off. But I have to work Monday and I always look forward to Columbus Day because I know the commute will be easy....no HOV restrictions on I-395, and now that the "Taste of DC" event is no longer held this weekend, I won't have to take an alternate route through downtown either.

To her credit, Lisa Baden usually mentions that Canal Road is two-way on such holidays. To their discredit, most listeners let the info go in one ear and out the other.

The day that always amuses me is the day after Thanksgiving. Much of the private sector has the day off, and lots of other people take the day off. But it is NOT a holiday, and all the normal parking rules apply. It's always a huge bonanza for the DC ticket-writers who swoop in on the tourists who fail to move their cars at rush hour.

On another note, I wonder if "Give Me A Break" is the notorious poster once known as "BIKE_OR_DIE" who was banned several times from the old Washington Post message boards for being abrasive and abusive and for threatening people. (If he's around, CEEAF will know who I mean.) I sent an e-mail to the moderators, so perhaps this thread will be cleansed of trolls.

Posted by: Rich | October 3, 2007 4:36 PM | Report abuse

I'm on vacation, so thankfully, I realy don't have to worry about it.

Posted by: YourStrawberry23 | October 3, 2007 4:37 PM | Report abuse

The Marine Corps Marathon and the Army Ten Miler are easy to plan around. But, when it gets to the point of where I need to formulate a battle plan whenever I venture into the District on a weekend (usually about 1 weekend per quarter), that is unacceptable.

This past Saturday, the waiting line stretched out to the Glebe Road exit on I-395 at Noon. The trip from Glebe Road to the 3rd Street Tunnel took about an hour. Unacceptable. Contrast this to the Army Ten Miler, where the roads are routinely cleared for traffic shortly after 10:00 a.m.

I'm a bicyclist and an alumnus of the Army Ten Miler, so I know what's involved. I routinely take Metro to events at RFK and downtown. Just this once it seemed more cost-effective to drive, with two people in the car. However, the logistics of the National Triathalon FUBARed our calculus.

DC can host all the weekend special events it wants. The more it hosts, the more likely it is that I will not be going downtown. I can keep my money in my wallet or spend it elsewhere.

Several times in the past 2 years I've had to drive the East Coast Corridor, from DC to Boston and points North. The absolutely worst traffic, consistently, EVERY TIME, was in the DC area. That's a sad commentary on the state of transportation in this area.

Posted by: Mister Methane | October 3, 2007 4:42 PM | Report abuse

"I sent an e-mail to the moderators, so perhaps this thread will be cleansed of trolls."

Thank you Hall Monitor #2. Like I said, no room for fun on this blog! Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Back to sleep everyone.

Posted by: Give Me A Break | October 3, 2007 4:44 PM | Report abuse

"Thank you Hall Monitor #2. Like I said, no room for fun on this blog! Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Back to sleep everyone."

I hate to feed a troll by responding to this drivel, but if you look up above the users' posts, there is a link that explicitly requests that users report offensive posts to the moderators. That's what I did. So I fail to see the basis for your complaining.

Posted by: Rich | October 3, 2007 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Rich, I remember that dude. Whoa. And where is CEEAF? S/He used to be a regular, and I enjoy their posts, even if I don't always agree with everything s/he writes. People like you, Woodley Park, XYZ1017, and others contribute a lot of information and true-grit insights that help make us newbies more educated DC area drivers. For that, I say thank you :-)

Posted by: CyanSquirrel | October 3, 2007 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Rich, BIKE OR DIE was a hard-core cycling enthusiast who hated all things automotive. A read of Give Me A Break's posts shows that the poster favors driving over bicycling. It is doubtful that Give Me A Break is the reincarnation of BIKE OR DIE. Odds are that Give Me A Break is more likley the reincarnation of the infamous Murph, aka, VA Repub.

Complaining to the moderator is fine so long as you remember that he who uses the complaint as a weapon can sometimes be hoisted on his own petard.

Posted by: Mister Methane | October 3, 2007 4:58 PM | Report abuse

And...not everyone finds four letter words, name calling, and other juvenile behavior to be "fun and games", as Give Me A Break does.

Harmless, yes. Mature and expected of adults in civil society: Hardly. This blog is one of the more civil on the WaPo, this despite the fact that the topic brings out the most animalistic rage in many of us: traffic.

Posted by: CyanSquirrel | October 3, 2007 5:12 PM | Report abuse

"Complaining to the moderator is fine so long as you remember that he who uses the complaint as a weapon can sometimes be hoisted on his own petard."

I'm not afraid of "Give Me A Break." More to the point, why would they provide that link up there if we weren't supposed to use it?

Posted by: Rich | October 3, 2007 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Rich, I take it that you do not understand the nuance of the sentence you quoted.

Posted by: Mister Methane | October 3, 2007 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Evidently I'm missing something.

Posted by: Rich | October 3, 2007 5:53 PM | Report abuse

"And where is CEEAF? S/He used to be a regular, and I enjoy their posts, even if I don't always agree with everything s/he writes. People like you, Woodley Park, XYZ1017, and others contribute a lot of information and true-grit insights that help make us newbies more educated DC area drivers. For that, I say thank you :-)"

CyanSquirrel, well said; I agree!

Posted by: Lee | October 3, 2007 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Dang wth happened here today? Did they put something in the water?

I too must say, I enjoy these blogs and reading everything all the regulars here have to say. Even though there are certain people who's views I don't necessarily agree with, at the end of the day, I'd still hang out and have a few beers with them.

But, to the issue at hand here:

Washington DC is a big city. Big cities tend to have big events from time to time.

Sure, it would be nice to spread them out a little bit more, but honestly who feels like running 10 miles in July? February anyone? No, the races are going to take place in spring and fall.

Maybe it might be more practical to have the race in the suburbs. But, sorry to burst anyone's bubble...running along the river or past the monuments has a little charm to it and makes the event exciting...it just wouldn't be the same if you ran 10 miles through Chantilly or Gaithersburg (sorry, not trying to pick on those two places in particular, its just what came to mind first).

Besides, the monuments and DC attractions downtown are for all of us to enjoy (they are owned by the Federal govt. and not the city), but they are not necessarily there for all of us to enjoy all the time. In otherwords, just like your office can pay money to the Park's authority to reserve a picnic grove which would otherwise be available to the public to use, occasionally a group does the same thing with downtown DC. It would be one thing if there were no ground rules set (I'm assuming the events have to be on weekends, and probably have to be for charitible causes), but there are some which ensure that the least number of people are inconvenienced (could you imagine if they ran the race on a Tuesday morning)?

Clearly, someone screwed up bigtime approving two events at the same time last weekend. This is not to say that both events couldn't have happened...perhaps the Book Festival could have started at noon instead of 10AM. But regardless, heads have spun, I think the publicity got to the officials, and I doubt something like that will happen again.

Of course, we could have a little bit better coordination between jurisdictions. In NY, Boston, and Atlanta, they have the changable message signs lit up with "Major event downtown, expect delays", "Gridlock alert day, use mass transit", etc. SOmething tells me DDOT forgot to tell VDOT that they needed to put this info on the signs, since I rarely see info like that in signs approaching the city.
But there will always be some people who ignore the signs, there will be people who don't use a major road to get into the city, and there will be people who won't listen to WTOP, look at the web, read Dr. G's column, etc., and then still complain that they were stuck in traffic. People need to take a little bit of personal responsibility (something that seems to be lacking for society in general these days) though and check for information. Its not like it isn't out there.

And for those who think they are too good for Metro. Yes, normally Metro might be slower then driving on a weekend. It might normally be less convenient. But when there is a special event, and traffic is backed up, the scales might tip in favor of Metro. Yes, Metro can break down. But an accident could happen which could shut the entire beltway down as well. Remember, the people complaining are the ones who don't listen to WTOP and aren't proactive enough to seek out alternate routes, so they'd be stuck in the accident delays.

So in conclusion, the events aren't going to go away. But better planning (not overlapping major events), and agencies using every means possible to get the word out (changable message signs in VA and MD) will certainly help, but that does not absolve the driver of responsibility to be proactive in checking to see if there are going to be closures. And my final conclusion....a bunch of jocks mixing with a bunch of nerdy bookworm types...no wonder people were complaining and everyone said the other event was the one that should have been postponed!

Posted by: Woodley Park | October 3, 2007 10:32 PM | Report abuse

"Washington DC is a big city. Big cities tend to have big events from time to time."

Not just a big city but our Nation's Captial. Unfortunetly that means large events are going to be held here on a usual basis. And with the number of organizations that have headquarters in this area (for many obvious reasons included being able to lobby for their organizations on the hill) it shouldn't be surprising that we have this many events during the year.

If this is something you can't handle and you get irate about it everytime you are slightly inconvienced I would suggest moving. I love this area and everything it has to offer (minus the traffic). But I know that things are going to come up and inconvience me while trying to get from one place to another in this area. You just need to be slightly more flexible and have alternate routes planned. It won't kill you to have to wait until the afternoon to run that errand. And if it *has* to be done in the morning, take into account it will take more time. You can't have your cake and eat it too.

In this age of almost instant communication around the world with blackberries, e-mail, text messaging and the like it amazes me the lack of communication amongst administrators in this area. Seems like if the various Transportation departments, metro, public services, and whoever is responsible for scheduling these events in the city communicated better, we would have better access in and around the city while these events are going on. It always annoys me to hear "there wasn't proper signage", or "the cops had no idea what was going on." If everyone knows what's going on there are simple steps to be able to take to disseminate the information needed to the public. Always seems like a case of the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing around here. I think the root of many of our traffic and transportation woes could be solved by a more comprehensive communication system for the area jurisdictions.

Posted by: Laura | October 4, 2007 1:04 PM | Report abuse

so by "extra trains" they mean 30-minute delays, right?

Posted by: Anonymous | October 4, 2007 1:53 PM | Report abuse

"Gridlock alert day, use mass transit"

I almost threw up when I read that. There's no room for more passengers, if there's a problem people need to stay home.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 4, 2007 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Okay, I've done marathons before and I love the book festival. I'm also a major fan of mass transit, but the fact of the matter is that I have business in VA every weekend and Alexandria simply isn't metro accessible so I have to drive there. All I ask is that the district do a better job of informing it's residents about road closures. I listen to the radio, I read the local news, and still I ended up trapped in god awful traffic last weekend. I shouldn't need a degree in logistics just to navigate my home town.

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