Snow still causing trouble for transit
It's progress of a sort: The D.C. area's transit problems on Tuesday have little to do with the condition of the trains and buses. They have a lot more to do with the condition of the snow-covered streets and parking areas.
We've gotten many complaints and warnings about crowding in the Metro garages. To continue that conversation, please e-mail Post staff writer Nicole Norfleet at email@example.com, or call her at 202-334-9617. She'd like to hear about your experiences finding a Metro garage space Tuesday.
Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel says parking availability is improving, but slowly. Only Bobcats and pickup trucks can get through the garage and operate on the top level, he said. Once in, they can't dump the snow over the sides of the garages. He said that would be a risky thing to do, in part because the snow already is so high around the first levels.
The snow has to be hauled out in pickup trucks and carts.
Meanwhile, the condition of the roads continues to pose problems for Metro buses, even though all routes are operating. Check the Rail & Bus Service Status page on Metro's Web site for guidance on why buses aren't showing up at certain stops. At 1 p.m., I see 18 routes listed as having problems, but that will change frequently depending on conditions. The page may not be up to date at the moment you're looking.
Also, I continue to hear from travelers who have trouble getting accurate readings from Metro's Next Bus real-time information system. While I still recommend trying this by phone or computer to get the likely arrival time for the next bus at your stop, I wouldn't stake too much on it being right. The most frequent complaint I've received over the past few days is that the service indicates a bus is on the way, but it never appears at the stop.
February 16, 2010; 1:23 PM ET
Categories: Metro , Weather | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, snowstorm, tips for travelers
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