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Transit Advice From Metro Managers on Commute

At the Red Line shuttle bus stop in Silver Spring, I ran into Metro managers Jim Hamre and Nat Bottigheimer, who along with many other Metro managers are checking the emergency services this morning.

They offered this advice for your commutes today:

-- Check back for announcements about the Red Line service. It's possible that trains could be running up to Fort Totten by the end of the day, but no guarantees.

-- The S9, the 16th Street express service, will be running every 10 minutes all day. It usually operates only at rush hour. That's one option for those of you who take the Red Line from Glenmont. Rather than walk all the way up to the shuttle buses on Dixon Avenue, you could walk across East-West Highway at Colesville and pick up the convenient S9. Note that the shuttle is free, but the S9 isn't. (You do get the transfer discount with SmarTrip cards.)

-- The Metro Extra down Georgia Avenue also is a good option all day today.

-- There are plenty of Metro emploees out at all the problem stations today to give riders advice and direction.

Hamre said the Districdt Department of Transportation is working with Metro on traffic control, including adjusting the signal light timings on Georgia Avenue, which has been crowded this morning.

I told Hamre that there was some confusion among us lanst night over whether Red Line service would terminate today at Rhode Island Avenue or Brookland. (It's Rhode Island Avenue right now.)

He said that Metro officials themselves had debated those options before finally settling on Rhode Island Avenue, where they knew they could operate the bus shuttle, since they were doing it all last evening. It's also somewhat better positioned on the road network than Brookland.

Bottigheimer, was on his bike -- as he often is for commuting -- and headed off to check on conditions down Georgia Avenue.

By Robert Thomson  |  June 23, 2009; 8:46 AM ET
Categories:  Metro  | Tags: Metrobus, Metrorail, Red Line crash, commute, delays  
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Any word on the status of Red Line and MARC service for tomorrow?

Posted by: runnergirl03 | June 23, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

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