Waiting for 'September Shock'
For many commuters, the move from summer to fall isn't as swift or surprising as it used to be.
School starts, which were a big factor in traffic and transit congestion, come more gradually than they used to for the Washington region. Northern Virginia schools are starting up this week, but many students in Maryland and the District have been back at their desks since late August.
Meanwhile, Capitol Hill remains quiet. We're still in road construction season. Since few people have the luxury of taking summer-long vacations, the current set of road projects isn't a surprise to commuters who drive.
In transit, Metrorail continued to set ridership records through the summer. I see nothing much has changed on MARC: Train 506 was delayed because of problems problems, and there's a slowdown on the Brunswick Line this week, because CSX is working on the tracks. Train 894 left Frederick 40 minutes late.
The Bay Bridge situation is not new, but here's a reminder: Starting today, the left lane of the eastbound span is temporarily closed to traffic while inspectors check the parapet along the left side of the span for corrosion. Trucks wider than 12 feet are prohibited from traveling the bridge in the eastbound direction. Commuters still have three westbound lanes available during the morning rush.
Here's one annual event to watch for: Plenty of people are finding their way to new schools or new jobs. They may be a little unsure of their routes. Those that are driving aren't used to the traffic and the turns. Those that are using transit may not have figured out which track or bus bay they need. Those that are walking may stop and turn suddenly.
Sure they can be annoying, but most of us were in their shoes at one time or another. Watch your following distances -- on the road or on the sidewalk -- and be alert for surprise moves.
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