A View From the Pope's Traffic
Standing atop the Anacostia Metro garage:
I can see that traffic is very heavy on I-295, on the Suitland Parkway and other approaches to the 11th Street Bridge. Traffic is diverting from the closed Frederick Douglass Bridge and instead traffic is taking detour routes that most veteran commuters are familiar with from shutdown of the Douglass Bridge last summer.
While traffic is very heavy here this morning, it's not as bad as the first few days of last summer's Douglass Bridge shutdown. Commuters have either learned some new routes or are are avoiding the area today.
On Metro rail:
The Greenline is extremely heavy this morning, as would be expected. Hundreds of people are crowding onto the trains heading toward the Navy Yard Station. You can tell the difference between the worshippers and the commuters: The worshippers are smiling! (And I mean that literally.)
The worst problem I saw occurred when a train malfunctioned at L'Enfant Plaza at about 7:45 a.m. It caused a 15-minute gap in getting Branch Avenue-bound trains to the Navy Yard Station. However, the platform at Navy Yard Station was able to handle the crowding.
It's taking about five minutes to clear the platform, compared to three minutes to clear the platform during recent baseball games. The Metro transit police are lined along the platform and are directing arriving passengers to the two exits.
-- Dr. Gridlock
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