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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