Going to Work? Here’s How to Deal With the No-Metro Day


Welcome to Wednesday, where Washington is without a Metro system.

Metro General Manager/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld says that 600 third-rail power cables must undergo an emergency safety inspection, and in order to do that the rail system will be closed from 12 a.m. Wednesday to 5 a.m. Thursday.

The federal government has offered unscheduled leave or telework to its employees. But that still leaves thousands of people who need to get to downtown DC or get around the DC area without rail.

Here is what you need to know:

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) advises drivers to be prepared for increased congestion on major travel routes, and asks commuters to strongly consider alternate plans to driving.

High occupancy vehicle (HOV) rush-hour restrictions will remain in place on I-66 and I-395  to encourage and accommodate additional ridesharing, says VDOT.

VDOT’s Traffic Operations Center will actively monitor conditions through the day and adjust signal timing where possible to help traffic flow. Crews will limit lane closures on interstates and major commuter routes through the day.

Some alternatives VDOT suggests include:

  • Telework
  • Adjusting work and commute schedules
  • Carpool or vanpool
  • Bus service, Virginia Railway Express, or other transit service

Here are some resources:

Are you heading downtown today? What’s your plan?

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