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March for Life will disrupt D.C. traffic Friday

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The annual March for Life will be held at midday Friday in downtown Washington. Many streets around the National Mall will be closed, and parking will be restricted. Throughout the day, the area will be crowded with pedestrians. The effect on local travel may be greatest after the events end around 5 p.m. (Experience shows it could be later.)

Traffic delays are likely on Independence and Constitution avenues, and on streets near the Smithsonian, L'Enfant Plaza, Capitol South and Federal Triangle Metro stations. (Those are the closest stations for the rally and march.)

-- At about 11:30 a.m., many of the rally participants will march to the Mall from an event at the Verizon Center. This will require temporary closures along 7th Street NW from F Street to Madison Drive.
-- The main rally is scheduled for noon on the Mall at 7th Street NW.
-- At about 2:15 p.m., participants will march to the Supreme Court. The route will take them north on 4th Street NW to Pennsylvania Avenue, then east to Constitution Avenue and up Capitol Hill to the intersection of 1st Street NE and East Capitol Street. Police will temporarily close the route and cross streets to vehicles during the march.

Street closings
Temporary closings will occur between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. These are among the streets affected, but you may encounter additional closings as well:
-- 7th Street between I (Eye) and F streets NW
-- F Street between 7th and 10th streets NW
-- 10th Street between F Street and Constitution Avenue NW
-- Constitution Avenue between 10th and 12th streets NW
-- 7th Street between Constitution Avenue and Jefferson Street NW
-- Constitution between 7th Street NW and First Street NE
-- First Street between Constitution Avenue NE and East Capitol Street SE

Police also anticipate closing 4th Street, from Independence Avenue SW to Pennsylvania Avenue NW from approximately 9:30 a.m. until the marchers have left the Mall.

Rally participants planning to take transit to the Mall can use Metro's online Trip Planner to check their bus and train options. Also useful is the Next Bus system, which can be used either by phone or Internet to predict the arrival time of buses at individual bus stops.

Metrobus routes disrupted
Fourteen Metrobus lines will be rerouted because of the street closings.
-- From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., routes 32, 34, 36, 42, 54, 63, 64, 70, D6, P2, P6, S2 and S4 will be detoured because of the closings at F Street NW, 10th Street, Constitution Avenue and 12th Street to the Mall.
-- From noon to 5 p.m., routes 32, 34, 36, 54, 70, 96, P2 and P6 will be detoured around street closures at 1st Street NE/SE between Constitution and Independence Avenue.

Maryland commuter buses
The Maryland Transit Administration warns of possible delays for commuter bus riders near the Mall.

By Robert Thomson  |  January 21, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Events  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, March for Life  
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Why don't they spend the time adopting children, rather than trying to stop free American women from exercising their right to choose?

Posted by: jckdoors | January 21, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Yes, why don't they? There are so many babies waiting to be adopted that they've started storing them in Metro tunnels.

And don't they know that Protest Season isn't until April & September? IDIOTS!

Posted by: member5 | January 21, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

May they all fall on the ice tomorrow.

Posted by: chunche | January 21, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Why do these people continue to waste time, money, effort and their time protesting what a woman wants to do WITH HER OWN BODY?? Like the previous posters said, why not adopt a child to make a point?? But they'd rather dictate another person's actions. How about this, if they really want to make a splash they should hangout at an abortion clinic and financially support the next woman who shows up for the procedure throughout the duration of her pregnancy. Then they should adopt the child once it’s born. If those hypocrites attempted that we'd hear about this "movement's" demise. Everybody wants to lecture, but where the hell are they when the march is over and a woman is stuck with a child they can’t support??

Posted by: venus31 | January 21, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

This March for Life can also focus on adoption of orphaned children, there are several thousand who need divine compassion right now in Haiti.

Posted by: g-lo | January 21, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Why, oh why, oh why do they allow these things to happen on weekdays?!

This will totally [mess] up my commute tomorrow afternoon.

Posted by: EinDC | January 21, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Well, hopefully, the lousy weather will mess up their lousy protest. Bunch of carpetbaggers. I wish there was a law that allowed DC residents a paid day off to go into other cities and muck up their traffic for stupid protests. Hey! Lets put that up for a referendum!

Posted by: Aimhigh2000 | January 21, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Haiti needs to be aborted.

Posted by: member5 | January 21, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Sweet. The streets around both my apartment and my office will be full of religious nuts. Time to pull out my devil Halloween costume, walk around in the streets, and watch the freakouts.

Posted by: dal20402 | January 21, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

What do any of these comments, except for the one from EinDC, have to do with the traffic?

To answer EinDC's question, the reason the event is tomorrow is that the Roe v. Wade opinion was issued on January 22, I believe in 1973.

Posted by: 1995hoo | January 21, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

It always gets me that these "pro-lifers" don't focus their mega-energy and money on adoptions.

Posted by: seaduck2001 | January 21, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

//Roe v. Wade opinion was issued on January 22//
I still think the city is wrong (to put it mildly) to issue permits for a weekday. I doubt it will really matter to do it a day later.

Posted by: EinDC | January 21, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Don't these people have jobs?

Posted by: Axel2 | January 21, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Who has jobs? We're in the Great Depression, remember? Our only hope is to start aborting the unemployed.

Posted by: member8 | January 21, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

you'd b surprised at the wide range of ages/backgrounds of the thousands of folks that participate in the March for 37 years now. Some take off of work becuz its that important to them to speak up for the voiceless or unborn, the most vulnerable of our society. to venus 31 et al, many of them volunteer at crisis pregnancy centers donating time & $ to help girls/women who find themselves dealing with the consequences of their poor decisions. They are both & baby, altho it is a Womans Own Body, there is Another person inside of her that deserves the right to live. and actually there arent that many babies in the USA to adopt, thats why so many go to foreign countries--u may try researching these topics-but mind the sources. Funny thing is, these people have nothing to gain from defending the right to life (esp for the unborn)but the abortion industry has lots of $$$ to collect by spinning the message of "reproductive rights"--its a Human Rights, not a womens rights issue. There are lots of people there that regret their abortions after realizing that killing their "inconvenient" or "untimely" child was NOT the answer, and they live every day with the wounds-emotional, and sometimes physical. Just because u dont agree with the cause and it is a mild inconvenience to u doesnt mean that u have to bad mouth them, or wish them ill. If it saves a babies life, some traffic disruption is a small price to pay. Have a heart! and have a good day.

Posted by: hopeful11 | January 22, 2010 12:49 AM | Report abuse

Why research when we can snark.

Abort the unemployed.

Posted by: member5 | January 22, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Hey whiners....didn't you have a "choice" not to go to work today if you were so bummed out about the potential for a traffic jam? On the roadway of life, pro-choice advocates are the potholes.

Posted by: VaNat | January 22, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

yeah. they're dumb. what with their cultural and political values different from ours. how dare theyattempt to make a statement about what they believe! what is this- a freedom loving country? sheesh!

Posted by: orion2360 | January 22, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

we'd better quell these people before they break our supermajority! What's that? Oh...well. it seems they've done it already. Don't they know we know what's best for them?

Posted by: orion2360 | January 22, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

If you believe in God,you better think about this.

Posted by: DBROWN12555HOTMAILCOM | January 22, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Protest issue aside, in no way should a permit have been issued to allow ANY group to protest that would disrupt commuting during the week. If they want to gather at the mall, fine, but street closings during the afternoon commute is wrong.

Posted by: justanotherguy | January 22, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Okay, they have the right to march. Regarding Metro, could they please not block the farecard machines with their huge groups?? Also, the huge groups blocking the entry to the platform and then hogging the escalators... please allow people who want to get to work and home some room to get by.

Posted by: shejoy | January 22, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Totally. How dare there be a protest, rally, or other public expression when anyone is around?

At a minimum, shouldn't these things be scheduled for Congressional recesses and federal holidays? Maybe Sundays between 2am and 3am?

The Constitutional right to peaceably assemble only applies when nobody else is around!

Posted by: member5 | January 22, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Seems some people in here don't want others to exercise their First Amendment rights. How "tolerant!" And the whining! If you don't like protests, don't look, attend, etc. Get over it. You live in a ntl. capital
city, expect protests. After all, I am sure you have protested and picketed in your life at some venue. Would you have liked it if others wished to shut you down and up?

Posted by: peck_det | January 23, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

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