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Posted at 9:47 PM ET, 06/ 8/2010

Metro running well after crowding reports

By Erica Johnston


Update, 10:23 p.m.:

The Metro seems to be running smoothly after the Nationals' victory tonight, after initial reports of crowding.

Earlier:

Two surges of baseball fans from the Nationals Park tonight appeared to challenge the capacity of the Metro station at the ballpark to accommodate them.

When rookie pitcher Stephen Strasburg left the game, many patrons left the stadium, and one said a huge crowd had developed on the platform at the nearby Green Line station.

Later when the game ended, a huge surge of fans headed for the stadium entrance, and a patron reported platform crowding.

Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel said that as soon as Strasburg left, Metro began moving extra trains to the Navy Yard station. He said that when the game ended, the size of the crowd was expected to prompt officials to restrict station access to prevent platform overcrowding. Metro had warned that waits of as much as 30 minutes were possible, he said.

-- Martin Weil

By Erica Johnston  | June 8, 2010; 9:47 PM ET
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Posted by: itkonlyyou108 | June 8, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Next time metro might want to consider running extra trains before the game. I was at smithsonian and they took a train out of service due to overcrowding just before 6pm. The train on the other side of the platform was incredibly crowded as well - but fortunately for us, it didn't go out of service. Ahh, it's metro, who cares about safety anyways!

Posted by: NCL22 | June 8, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

I would like to commend Mrs. Perez for her efforts towards getting Navy Yard prepared for the big game. I am an Eles technician with 24years experience, starting in the trade out of highschool and has really seen a positive restructuring of Eles management. I would like to appologize for some of my negative feedback in the past and only hope Maggerling understands. I have been gender baised and unfare to someone that has had difficult challenges excedding in a male domonated trade. Kudos to her and the Eles management team.

Posted by: can0foil | June 9, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

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