Tuesday commute preview
Metro expects to offer regular service on Tuesday. (WMATA Photograph)
Getting to work on Tuesday is expected to be a grind. Although local officials say most major roadways are clear, many will be constricted where snow hasn't totally been removed. Snow mounds will block parking lanes. Traffic watchers say many workers who have taken advantage of liberal leave policies in the past week will be pressing to get back to work Tuesday.
Metro plans to run trains on Monday through midnight; and on Tuesday anticipates regular weekday service for trains and buses. Metro said it was monitoring roadway conditions. Any decision to curtail bus service because of weather would come late Monday night or early Tuesday.
VRE, MTA Commuter Bus and MARC trains expect to operate full service on all lines. MARC warns that trains at Greenbelt will all board from the lower platform, due to problems with accumulated snow. That means service will not be available for people with impaired mobility. All of the transit services warn that snow remains a problem in parking lots. MARC says people who normally park at Laurel, Edgewood, West Baltimore, Germantown, and Barnesville may need to allow time to drive to other stations to find parking,
Pedestrians and bus riders, particularly those in wheelchairs, should expect difficulty.
School children will also have a hard time. School bus stops are rarely designated, giving snow removers little or no way to identify which spots to clear.
People at bus stops might be standing a few feet into the road or have to climb over large ice packs to get to buses and sidewalks. Pedestrians are reminded to use extra caution. Drivers are urged to share the roads.
The District on Monday acknowledged that lots of sidewalks still needed shoveling and again asked residents to form snow shovel teams, especially routes used by schoolchildren.
On D.C. roads, transportation chief Gabe Klein said the city cleared snow on major thoroughfares and highways. However, some crews that were hauling away snow from last week's snowfall were put back on duty to treat roadways in anticipation of Monday's storm.
Montgomery County reported that many streets had mountains of snow and ice that blocked lanes, although it said most major thoroughfares had been cleared.
The Virginia Department Transportation said it deployed 600 trucks on Monday to de-ice, salt and plow ramps, bridges and other problem spots on interstates on interstates with de-icing chemicals and salt. VDOT reported the following:
- Interstates I-66, I-95/395, I-495 and high volume roads such as routes 1, 7, 28, 50 and the Prince William and Fairfax County parkways were bare pavement Monday afternoon, but the department asked motorists to be alert to black ice on Tuesday morning.
- The I-95/395 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes and the I-66 shoulder or "X' lanes are clear and will run on normal rush-hour schedules on Tuesday.
- All northern Virginia commuter lots have been cleared and treated. The majority of parking spaces in these lots are available, but commuters should expect large mounds blocking some spaces where the snow has been pushed.
In Loudoun County, drivers are urged to use special caution on gravel roads, as re-drifting snow continues to be an issue.
Subdivisions and side streets are passable, but not cleared curb-to-curb or to bare pavement. Crews have sanded hills, tight curves and intersections, but drivers should continue to use caution as the daily thaw and refreeze can make those roads slick.
D.C. Circulator: Full service on all routes.
Alexandria's DASH Bus: See details here.
Arlington's ART buses: Plans a normal service start on Tuesday and will run peak service for an additional hour due to the delayed start for the federal government.
Fairfax Connector: Check the Web site for the latest.
Loudoun County Transit: Regular service, though the agency may run some later buses because of the delayed start for the federal government.
Montgomery County Ride On: There may be minor delays or detours due to road conditions.
PRTC OmniRide: Regular service.
Linton Hall Metro Direct: Regular service.
Manassas Metro Direct: Regular service.
-- Sholnn Freeman
Christopher Dean Hopkins
February 15, 2010; 6:52 PM ET
Categories: Advisories , Commuting , Weather
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