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User Photos of D St. Problems, Crowds

There were various reports of ticket holders and other attendees being turned away this morning. Washingtonpost.com user Mark submitted these photos from his vantage point on the tunnel opening at 3rd and D Streets to the ramp from the Southwest freeway.




Mark writes in an e-mail, "Ticket holders were directed to the 3rd Street tunnel into a line that stretched all the way from the tunnel opening at 3rd and D to the ramp to the tunnel from the SW freeway. There was no police presence in the tunnel (with the exception of police motorcades speeding dangerously close to people waiting in the tunnel) to provide crowd control or information to the thousands waiting..."

By Washington Post Editors  |  January 20, 2009; 2:37 PM ET
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I am embarassed for DC. For weeks, the talk of expected crowds reaching in the millions was not enough to get the city organized and show the nation that in this new beginning, they are capable to handle a challenge. The leaders and organizers receive a grade of "D-". The poor management of resources, lack of information and direction was evident. I give credit to the spectators, workers and volunteers for their patience and doing their best to make it all work out with no major incidents. I hope that leaders and organizers learn from this experience to make sure that future events involving this number of people must be handled by experienced professionals. Neighboring cities must be encouraged to participate in managing incoming crowds. Limits must be set to make sure that streets remain clear. For example, overflow areas must be designated, the people must be informed of what to do and where to go when the maximum crowd capacity has been reached. Workers, volunteers, and the excellent layout of the National Mall must be utilized and organized better. Handled just like a gigantic stadium, entrance and exit routes must be well marked section by section. Enforcement officers, workers and volunteers must be better utilized in helping to direct the flow. Public transportation must all be fully utilized to avoid stretching one mode to its limits. For example, taxi/limo rides must be available for people who wants to pay for one, and buses must be available to bring people into and out of outer metro stops to relive congestion in DC stops. Last, a public anouncement to take care of their trash must be made.

Posted by: epureza | January 20, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

but ..but...Chief Morse, USCP, said eveything was great.....

why are they complaining.... just because they were trapped like rats in that underground tunnel for hours...another stellar performance by the Capitol's version of the Keystone Kops....

Posted by: vinnie777 | January 21, 2009 11:22 PM | Report abuse

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