Hello? Traffic Guards?
I was surprised to see that the city seems to have suspended the broad post-game police presence and traffic detail around Nats Park. Friday night saw beautiful weather and a respectable crowd over 30,000. At the end of the regulation nine innings, baseball fans strolling back to the Nats Express bus had to rely on the talking electronic crossing system ["wait . . . . wait . . . .wait]. The previously-overstaffed traffic control guards from DC's finest were nowhere to be seen on M Street -- 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Streets SE were all without the familiar glow-in-the-dark traffic vests.
All in all, it seemed a good decision; cross-town traffic on M is reliably light after games, at least this year, and the crowds are surprisingly well-behaved. Downright obedient; we all stood there listening and waiting to cross ["wait . . . wait . . . wait"] without an oncoming car in sight.
Don't forget to press the "cross" button! You'll be there all night.
Oh, by the way - Nats Express remains one of the best bargains in town [free game night parking, with a five-minute shuttle?!?]; enjoy it while it lasts. There's no way they'll bring it back next year
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