Long lines for buses at Shady Grove and Rockville stations
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10 A.M.: According to one Twitter user this morning, it took more than 35 minutes to travel from Brookland to Farragut North (a trip that should take 11 minutes, according to WMATA). That same user reported that twice as many trains were heading in the opposite direction as her train.
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9:15 A.M.: Commuters posting to Twitter this morning noted that big crowds were building up at the Gallery Place and Metro Center stations as well. If you saw big crowds or delays anywhere south of Twinbrook, please sound off in the comments below.
8:55 A.M.: The long lines for shuttles at the Shady Grove station has seeped into long wait times for local buses, reports staff writer Lisa Rein from the station. Riders are complaining that local buses have been turned into shuttles, which has escalated wait times for the buses.
People there are angry and astonished that two workers died, and the feeling seems to be that the Metro system is unsafe.
"I'm scared to ride Metro," said Steve Dorsey, 52, who rides the train every day. "People are getting killed. It seems like you would know where your workers are at all times. Their coordination is all screwed up."
Metro's inconsistency is what worries Mary Williams, a student waiting for 20 minutes for a local bus to Montgomery College.
"I'm scared to ride the subway," said Williams, 45, of Gaithersburg. "They should have some type of safety put forth for their works' lives."
8:30 A.M.: The Shady Grove and Rockville stations remain closed and long lines have formed at the stations for shuttle buses. Travelers are advised to drive to Twinbrook or another station further south to catch a train rather than waiting for the shuttle buses.
At the Twinbrook station, there are many more cars than on a usual morning. Northbound trains at Twinbrook are being turned around after unloading at the station. The parking lot on the Rockville Pike side of the station is already filled up, while parking in the back is filling quickly, according to Local editor Emilio Garcia-Ruiz. Commuters parking at the station should take the Twinbrook parkway entrance and head to the newest lot adjacent to the pedestrian entrance. (About 30 spots remained there as of 8:15 a.m.)
No delays were reported south of the Twinbrook station.
January 26, 2010; 8:31 AM ET
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