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Takoma Station to Close Early Next 3 Nights

The Takoma Metro station will close at 10 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday as officials investigate the circumstances of last week's deadly crash.

The station will reopen at 5 a.m. the following mornings.

Read WMATA's full advisory.

By Mike McPhate  |  June 29, 2009; 1:43 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Metro  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Metrorail, Red Line crash, delays  
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Regarding Metro's shuttle buses for bridging closed stations generally: There are always at least three stations involved, i.e. the beginning station for a given batch of shuttle buses (which one is the beginning will depend on the direction of travel), the intermediate station that's being bridged by the buses, and the ending station for that batch of buses. However, unless the intermediate station is a transfer point, the vast majority of passengers actually intend to travel directly between the two end points of the bridge. Therefore, Metro should adjust its paradigm for shuttle buses and run the vast majority of them *only* between the two end points—with no intermediate stop—and only run a small percentage of the shuttles from each end point to the intermediate station. That would allow Metro to provide better service to its customers (due to faster endpoint-to-endpoint trips and more-frequent endpoint-to-bridge-station trips), with all of the attendant benefits to both Metro and its passengers. Of course, each bus would have to be clearly marked to indicate its destination, and each bus driver should also announce the destination before the bus leaves the station.

Posted by: sburban | June 29, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

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