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L'Enfant Plaza Metro Quiet

My crowded Green Line train just emptied out at L'Enfant after skipping Archives Station, which is closed.

The Green and Yellow Line trains entering here from both directions are either pretty crowded or pretty empty. The platforms are very much under control and there are plenty of Metro employees and police to help control things if -- when -- it gets more crowded.

While the platform itself is fine, there are periodic lines to use the escalators leaving the platform level.

People are using L'Enfant Plaza either as a transfer point to Blue and Orange Line trains in hope of getting closer to their view points, or they're leaving the station to walk to the Mall.

The Metro map of the area, right behind me on this platform bench, is a very popular destination right now.

Back at Gallery Place, I asked one of the Metro employees in the yellow vests for a walking guide to downtown, since I had forgotten to bring mine. She as very helpful and positively cheerful about the day. She agreed that so far, the crowding was not extreme by any means. But we also agreed we hadn't seen anything yet.

By Robert Thomson  |  January 20, 2009; 6:04 AM ET
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