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Metro Riders Crowd Rosslyn Station

Inbound trains on the Blue and Orange Lines are very crowded now. Many people waited along the platform for a train that only a few could board. Looked to me like they'd be better off walking outside the station and catching one of Metro's special shuttle buses toward the Mall. The shuttles weren't at all crowded.

On one inbound train from Franconia-Springfield, a woman near the opening doors took charge: "Let 'em out!" she yelled to those on the platform trying to board. When she judged things had gone as far as they could, she yelled, "We can't get anybody else on this train!"

If several trains in a row are so crowded you can't board, go to the other platform and ride out for a few stops. You may get far enough past the incoming crowding that you can board more easily, even if you can't get a seat.

Out on the streets of Rosslyn, there were more walkers than cars. Many people were heading down to walk across the Key Bridge, which like the other Potomac Bridges is open to pedestrians.

Rosslyn Station is where the inbound Blue and Orange lines meet before they take turns going through the Potomac River tunnel into Washington.

It's also a bus hub for Northern Virginia. The regular buses are on a Saturday schedule today, but that's designed to free up many other buses to operate rapid service -- or as close to rapid as we can get today -- along special corridors into and out of Washington.

There are four of these special routes in Virginia, including one that covers much of what's normally the 38B, the route known as "the Orange Line with a view." All the Virginia specials today add an "S" to the route number, as in "38S." Here's a link to a map of the special routes. Note that special buses like this aren't going to be taking the Key Bridge into D.C. today. They'll take advantage of the transit-only lanes on the Roosevelt Bridge to bring people close to the Mall.

Here's a map of the Rosslyn Station area.

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By Robert Thomson  |  January 20, 2009; 8:00 AM ET
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Please keep the updates coming! Reading this column is very addictive given the massive traffic gridlock in the region.

Posted by: redhatnation | January 20, 2009 7:53 AM | Report abuse

Has the Post done a comparison with how full the lots are on a normal work day? Just wondering. How many of the spaces are filled with people who use them on a daily basis to go to work??? What percentage of spots are left?, and what estimate is left for how many spaces are now filled that normally wouldn;t be?

Also, wouldn't some of the Metro Stations be more full with people who normally be driving closer to their work, but can't because of Road and Bridge closures???

Washington Post. Lets get some real reporting done, and post some more informed facts for your readers. Not just overhype about busy Metro Stations.

Posted by: ignoranceisbliss | January 20, 2009 7:57 AM | Report abuse

Fort Totten Station parking lot also full as of 7am.

Posted by: matt1544 | January 20, 2009 8:00 AM | Report abuse

Here's an update for you. There was some pretty major confusion at the Springfield Metro station. WMATA only had a single gate open into their main parking garage and were charging people $4 cash to gain access.

The $4 requirement was dropped around 6-630am.

Overflow parking at that station is now filling up several schools in the area.

Posted by: redhatnation | January 20, 2009 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Springfield Mall gave up 500 spaces and is now opening another 250 for this event.

Posted by: redhatnation | January 20, 2009 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Quick question since this says live blogging...

My husband parked at Huntington this morning and metroed in. Got at Union Station (yes, with a smooth transfer) before I got to work from Franconia. He did pay $4 before they dropped the fee, oh well. A lady told him the parking lots were closing at 10pm. I can't find anything saying this online. I think she was full of bull hockey, but maybe not?

Does anyone know about this???


Posted by: lsac | January 20, 2009 8:15 AM | Report abuse

The lots at Springfield are almost ready to close. FCPD has identified alternate parking locations and is within 10mins or so of closing the Springfield Metro parking.

Posted by: redhatnation | January 20, 2009 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Quick update... I talked to Metro customer service. Only 10 minutes on hold. I'd say that's pretty good. Anyways, I told her what a volunteer taking money at Huntington told my husband and she was like, Wha???? No... all Metro stations that are now open are open until 2 am tonight. The Metro customer service agent was great! She asked me who had told my husband that and she seemed flaberghasted. She wanted to know which Metro worker at Huntington had given the wrong information and then she was immediately on the phone with the Huntington station afterwards clearing up the info they were giving people.

Yes, Metro is jammed, but they are doing a very good job considering the circumstances. We appreciate it!

Posted by: lsac | January 20, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

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