Washington commuters turn to bikes, buses amid subway shutdown

March 16, 2016

Commuters in Washington, D.C., packed the roads in cars and on bicycles and crowded buses to cope with a last-minute shutdown of the second-busiest U.S. subway system for emergency safety checks.Website Insert Decisions copy

The estimated 700,000 people who ride the Washington-area Metro system every weekday, including about a third of the region’s federal workforce, were scrambling to get to work and around town on Wednesday while 600 underground cables are inspected.

Traffic was heavier than usual on many major commuter arteries leading in from the Virginia and Maryland suburbs, with roads including the George Washington Parkway clogged with bumper-to-bumper traffic in the predawn hours. More cyclists were visible on roadways than is typical for the late winter.

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