The Red Line on the Ride Home
At Metro's Fort Totten stop, the shuttle taking commuters to Silver Spring was running
smoothly when the afternoon rush began. Metro employees reported no lines or crowds at 5 p.m.
James White, 30, of Alexandria works in downtown Washington but got off the Metro for a medical appointment. The closure of the Brookland Station doubled the length of his walk.
"It's a hot day out, and to have to hoof it any further than normal -- it resulted in a sweaty walk," said White, a lawyer, as he held his suit jacket in his hands.
The crowds on Metro Center's upper platform at 4:30 p.m. looked like those from any other day; on the lower level, throngs waited for a Green Line train to take them to tonight's baseball game -- many wearing shirts and hats showing their support for the visiting Boston Red Sox.
At Farragut North about 4:15 p.m., trains were packed as some commuters left for their destinations early, hoping to avoid delays. Joel Lynch said he left his job as a strategic planner for the National Park Service 20 minutes early, hoping to get to his son's day-care center on time.
"I hope my ride is efficient and that they have sorted all this through," Lynch said. "I'm trying to plan ahead to make sure I can get home."
At Woodley Park about 4 p.m., a train heading to Shady Grove was as crowded in the
rear car as in the middle cars. Most seats were filled, and riders crowded in the aisles. The Red Line train headed toward Rhode Island Avenue was much emptier, but riders still spread out among the cars.
-- Yamiche Alcindor and Mark Berman
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