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Smooth Operations at Pentagon City Station

Post reporter Mark Berman is at Pentagon City Station, where the buses detoured from the closed Pentagon Transit Center are stopping this morning.

Many people have changed their commuting pattern for the day in response to the warnings about the road closings, detours and traffic congestion. Metro employees are on Hayes Street giving advice to lines of commuters who need information about the schedules, routes and stops, Berman said at 8 a.m.

Buses are lining the east side of Hayes street from 12th to 15th streets, but the operations are orderly, he said.

One commuter from Alexandria who works in the Navy Annex and normally takes Metro to Pentagon City and then a shuttle to the annex told Berman that she was amazed the commute so far was no worse than usual. She had expected gridlock.

Another commuter, Gordon Rogers, 58, of Arlington, said "The Metro part of this seems to be working fine." He normally takes a bus from home to Pentagon Station and then a shuttle to Crystal City. Today, he was going to take Metrorail for the one stop from Pentagon City to Crystal City.

Down in the train station, a transit employee counseled patience as larger than normal crowds developed. He suggested that riders consider using the Crystal City or Reagan National Airport stations, if they have that option.

Meanwhile, traffic congestion is building on I-395 north of Shirlington Circle at 8:15 a.m., but in the traffic camera views, it looks about normal for the morning rush. Traffic is heavy on the Capital Beltway's inner loop on both sides of the Wilson Bridge. The northbound George Washington Parkway through Alexandria also looks heavy. But overall, there's been no traffic crisis stemming from the road closures.

By Robert Thomson  |  September 11, 2008; 7:55 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion  
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