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Two Disney ice shows canceled

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The Disney on Ice shows scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Verizon Center have been canceled, because of the blizzard.

I mention this here on our transportation blog, because many parents and children must have been wondering whether there was any chance they could reach downtown Washington in these conditions. Answer: You don't have to. Stay put.

The event has an interesting history: On Presidents' Day weekend in 2003, Metro brought thousands of people to the ice shows during a big snowstorm. As other transit lines were suspending operations in the deepening snow, Metro decided to keep the trains running aboveground, so they could get those people back to their suburban homes.

But that crippled many rail cars, to the point that the train system did not get back to normal operations for five days. Commuters were outraged. The result was that Metro adopted a policy of closing the aboveground portions of the lines when the snow along the tracks reached 8 inches. We didn't see that policy put into effect until December 2009. Now, it's in effect again.

Disney on Ice is at Verizon through Monday. Tickets for the two canceled shows can be exchanged for other performances or refunded.

By Robert Thomson  |  February 10, 2010; 10:00 AM ET
Categories:  Events , Metro , Weather  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, snowstorm, tips for travelers  
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