Massive Women’s Mar throng starts outing home; Metro warns opposite strenuous stations

People tangled a Capital South Metro hire to get to a Women’s Mar on Washington. Metro expects identical crowds this dusk on a invert home. (Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)

The Women’s Mar on Washington was huge! But now a charge of removing home faces a vast crowd, and as any unchanging Washington commuter will tell you, a outing home can be some-more daunting than a outing into a District. So design packaged Metro stations and trains, prolonged waits during intersections and swarming bridges. Here is a latest news:

‘Keep going to a front! Keep going to a front!’ (4:41 p.m.)

A damaged escalator backs adult a outrageous throng during Farragut North. (Fenit Nirappil/Washington Post)

As thousands pennyless divided from a women’s march, a Farragut North hire stretched from a vanquish of people prepared to leave downtown. And a damaged escalator, slight for daily commuters, done matters many worse.

Beyond a turnstiles, dozens were packaged perplexing make their approach down one functioning escalator to a platform, watchful as many as 10 minutes. Some couldn’t even appropriate past a turnstile since there was no bedrooms One organisation of friends started singing “Yellow Submarine” to abate a mood.

An irritated Metro military officer, hardly heard from a hubbub upstairs, shouted directions to conduct a upsurge of hundreds of newbies.

“Keep going to a front! Keep going to a front!”

With lines to house 4 passengers deep, travelers fast clogged adult trains and struggled to make their approach out during stations.

– Fenit Nirappil

‘We are saying outrageous crowds’ (4:02 p.m.)

Some riders voiced disappointment Saturday that internal transport agencies weren’t improved prepared for an eventuality that many believed would move ancestral crowds to Washington.

“We are saying outrageous crowds,” Metro orator Dan Stessel said.“We were raised vast crowds, though no one knows accurately what vast means.”

“And remember,” he added, “we are opening off of regulating 17 uninterrupted hours of rush hour use yesterday. We are providing significantly extended service.”

Metro is regulating Saturday use with some additional trains on a Orange and Red Lines. But a use was not utterly rush hour service. To hoop a crowds, Metro is also regulating eight-car trains. Stessel pronounced about half of a some-more than 80 trains in use are eight-car trains.

Metro asks eventuality participants to stay in a city before streamer out to a Metro and concede time for a crowds to ease. If hire platforms get too crowded, Metro officials competence tighten some stations or have people wait outward until platforms are privileged up.
Metro is regulating a normal hours tonight, that means a final trains will be shutting down during midnight.

By early afternoon, Metro pronounced it was adding movement military officers were also called in for a afternoon to assistance conduct crowds.

“We are handling by issues as they arise,” pronounced Stessel, observant there unequivocally had not been any poignant disruptions or delays Saturday. But around a day, trains bypassed stations that were too crowded, decisions that rail supervisors done on a platforms formed on a conditions.

Metro ridership approaches half a million (2:30 p.m.)

By early afternoon, a series of people who had taken Metro Saturday was opening half a million, Metro said.

More than 470,000 people had taken Metro by 1 p.m. Saturday, in what officials contend is an rare series of riders for a weekend. The crowds surpassed a ridership on Inauguration Day, and even ridership on a unchanging weekday.

For dual uninterrupted hours a series of people who entered a complement Saturday morning exceeded 110,000, Metro said. About 116,000 people entered between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. and 113,000 between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., Metro said.

By comparison, a busiest hour on a work day handles about 85,000 trips, Metro orator Dan Stessel said.

The crowds were so vast that Metro had to tighten some hire exits to concede people to transparent a platforms. Officials pronounced they sealed L’Enfant Plaza hire since a crowds outward were so vast that people exiting a Metro couldn’t get out.

Metro was regulating Saturday use with some additional trains on a Orange and Red Lines. But a use was not utterly rush hour service. For Inauguration Day Metro ran 17 hours of rush hour use though had many fewer riders.

“The use that is out there is what we are means to provide,” pronounced Stessel. To hoop a crowds, Metro is also regulating eight-car trains. Stessel pronounced about half of a 80 trains in use are eight-car trains.

Metro is seeking eventuality participants to stay in a city before streamer out to a Metro and concede time for a crowds to ease. If hire platforms get too crowded, Metro officials competence tighten some stations or have people wait outward until platforms are privileged up.

Metro is regulating a normal hours tonight, that means a final trains will be shutting down during midnight.

Beltway exit to Greenbelt hire sealed for dual hours (1:30 p.m.)

Maryland State Police sealed down a Greenbelt Metro hire exit on a Capital Beltway for approximately dual hours Saturday morning, due to a packaged parking lot and a prolonged lines of people watchful to enter a hire to attend a Women’s March.

“They were corroborated adult all a approach out of a station, so we close down a ramp. The parking lot was already full,” pronounced Cpl. Tim Woodward, of a State Police College Park barracks. “There were usually too many people.”

Woodward pronounced troopers were reopening a ramp usually after 1 p.m.

Those closures influenced one organisation of marchers who franchised a sight from New York City; 22-year-old Chloe Gbai pronounced she could see a lines of people from her window as a sight upheld a hire and continued on to College Park. Lines were many shorter there, though it still took some-more than an hour to get into a hire and transport along a Yellow Line to Gallery Place.

Parking during a Greenbelt Metro hire was also a problem for Nilay Sheth and Jamie John, who entertainment from Ellicott City. When military incited them away, they entertainment about half a mile and parked in a pointless bureau building parking lot, along with other marchers. They disturbed that they competence get ticketed or towed, though they didn’t know what else to do and wanted to make certain they didn’t skip a march.

“We don’t know if a automobile will still be there when we get back,” John said, shrugging.

—Martine Powers

Metro: Don’t rush to a Metro after a impetus (1:20 p.m.)

If we are participating in a Women’s March, Metro has a summary for you.

“Consider waiting/enjoying Downtown DC to concede crowds to ease,” a movement organisation pronounced in a tweet.

Metro pronounced progressing that 275,000 people took Metro Saturday morning, many of them going to a march. The movement organisation in a early afternoon was propelling participants to stay in a District and wait a small longer before a house a trains back.

“After a event, Metro will be really crowded,” a movement organisation pronounced in another tweet.

L’Enfant Station reopens (1:10 p.m.) 

Train are now interlude during L’Enfant Station, Metro says.


Trains skipping L’Enfant Plaza hire (12:47 p.m.)

Metro says trains are bypassing a L’Enfant Plaza hire this afternoon since of crowding. Officials are seeking riders to use other stations to get to a Women’s Mar on Washington. Be prepared to travel an additional mile or some-more from other stations including Smithsonian, Union Station, Gallery Place and Metro Center.

Metro ridership busier than many weekdays

Metro’s numbers from this morning illustrate what many riders are seeing: vast crowds and many heavier volumes all opposite a rail system.

By 11 a.m., Metro pronounced 275,000 people had taken Metro on a day of a Women’s Mar on Washington. The numbers are aloft than Friday, Inauguration Day, when 193,000 trips had been taken by 11 a.m.

The numbers Friday were also many reduce than other new inaugurations. For President Obama’s 2009 coronation was scarcely 3 times that: 513,000 trips by 11 a.m.

Metro pronounced in a twitter that a ridership Saturday is 8 times a unchanging Saturday and busier than many weekdays.

MARC is adding some-more trains (10:57 a.m.)

The Maryland Transit Administration is adding 6 additional sight sets to accommodate crowds roving Saturday morning.

The MARC use is now 5 times a normal Saturday use “to understanding with rare crowd,” a MTA pronounced around Twitter.

“We will continue to adjust as necessary,” a organisation said.

Here’s a list of Metro garages where we can still park (10:40 a.m.)

If we are still streamer down to a impetus around Metro, and devise to find parking, take a demeanour during this list Metro usually put out, arrangement what lots and garages have open spaces.

Several parking comforts are during ability including Greenbelt and East Falls Church.


Heavy trade reported on roadways into D.C. (9:31 a.m.)

Screenshot (GoogleMaps)

There’s complicated vehicular trade opening from Northern Virginia and Maryland into a District.

Traffic cameras uncover really delayed trade on several highways. Traffic is embroiled in a 14th Street Bridge over a Potomac River, and portions of Interstate 395 in Northern Virginia. Vehicles are also relocating really delayed in other opening points into a District.

I-95 South is delayed relocating delayed from Maryland.

Parking lots full during mixed Metro stations (9:12 a.m.)

Metro says a parking lots during Vienna, East Falls Church, Greenbelt, Shady Grove and Wiehle Reston are full.

Look for swap locations to park.


Orange, Silver Line delays as crowds wait in Arlington (8:57 a.m.) Metro pronounced riders streamer to downtown in a Orange and Silver Line should design delays. A invalidate sight was reported during Virginia Square. The check will approaching impact Northern Virginia riders opening to a march. Hundreds are watchful during stations including Clarendon and Court House. Metro parking lots during capacity; riders face crowds (8:38 a.m.)

A Red Line sight toward downtown on Saturday. (Alejandra Matos/The Washington Post)

Metro trains Saturday morning were tangled with people, mostly women, holding signs and wearing pinkish hats. By 8:30, parking during Greenbelt and New Carrollton was during ability and a parking lots during Vienna and East Falls Church was scarcely full, Metro said. The organisation pronounced travelers in Virginia should cruise a Dunn Loring hire as an alternative. In Maryland, parking spaces were still open in College Park, Landover and Largo.

The crowds during a end-of-line stations were specifically heavy, Metro said. The organisation is seeking travelers to concede additional time to buy fares, or cruise boarding during other stations closer to a District.

Service is well-spoken and no vital problems had been reported Saturday morning. Travelers saw heavy military participation in some stations and lines during a opening as riders unknown with a complement attempted to buy or reload their SmarTrip cards.

In trains from Maryland and Northern Virginia were standing room usually and packaged with chattering immature people. Some hold signs and wearing pinkish hats.

Original post

Today, a day after a coronation of President Trump, tens of thousands of people are approaching to accumulate in a nation’s collateral for a Women’s Mar on Washington.

March organizers contend a eventuality will be a pacific entertainment to “promote women’s equivalence and urge other marginalized groups.”

And it is approaching to be a vast one. As of Friday, a city had released permits for 1,800 licence buses, including 1,200 that will park during a RFK Stadium, according to a orator for a District Department of Transportation. City officials pronounced they were prepared to muster officers to beam walking and vehicular traffic. And confidence is approaching to sojourn parsimonious on a city’s streets and movement network.

The march

Demonstrators will accumulate for a convene during Third Street SW and Independence Avenue. The crowds will afterwards impetus along a Mall to The Ellipse park, south of a White House.

Here is a report of events:

  • 8 a.m.— activities start with images and video on display.
  • 9 a.m. — pre-rally with speakers, song and open use announcements.
  • 10 a.m. — a central convene starts, featuring celebrities including Katy Perry, Cher, America Ferrera and Uzo Aduba
  • 1 p.m. — participants start marching toward The Ellipse where a module will end.

The organisation will impetus west on Independence Avenue SW to 14th Street SW, afterwards they will spin north on 14th Street to Constitution Avenue, then march west on Constitution to 17th Street NW to The Ellipse.

Street closures

Road restrictions will not be as endless as those on Inauguration Day, and officials pronounced they design a confidence fences around a Capitol for a initial events to be down by this morning, that should make it easier for a dissemination of walking trade in that area.


The following roads will be sealed until about 6 p.m.:

  • 3rd Street NW, from Constitution Avenue NW, to C Street SW
  • Independence Avenue SW, from First Street SW, to 6th Street SW
  • Maryland Avenue SW, from First Street SW, to Independence Avenue SW
  • 4th Street NW, from Constitution Avenue NW, to C Street SW

Besides a day closures, drivers in a area should design rolling travel closures starting around 1 p.m., when participants will start a impetus along a Mall. This will impact portions of Independence Avenue SW, 14th Street SW and Constitution Avenue NW.


Metro has about 60,000 parking spaces in 29 lots and 22 garages around a segment accessible for use. Parking is giveaway on weekends.

If we are formulation to park downtown, several parking lots are within walking stretch to a entertainment location. Use a parking site such as Spothero or Parking Panda to book parking.

Bus parking. Charter buses during RFK Stadium sole out final week. If we arrive on one of a 1,200 licence buses approaching during RFK, we can house a sight during Stadium-Armory hire to a Mall area. Metro has done 100 sight spots accessible during Greenbelt and Landover stations. Reservations are compulsory by U Street Parking.


The rail complement non-stop dual hours early trains were added on a Red and Orange lines, that design high ridership to a march. Trains will also be combined between Franconia-Springfield and Greenbelt, regulating on a “Rush Plus” lane around a Yellow Line Bridge from 6 to 10 a.m. and 1 to 5 p.m.

Federal Triangle will be sealed Saturday for confidence and logistical reasons, Metro said. But all other stations are approaching to be open and there are no skeleton for lane work. The closest Metro stations to a eventuality theatre are Federal Center SW on a Blue and Orange lines and L’Enfant Plaza on a Blue, Orange, Yellow and Green lines. Red Line riders can use a Judiciary Square and Union Station exits and travel to a Mall area.

Riders are speedy to squeeze SmarTrip cards in allege to equivocate a vanquish during transport machines. Each supplement age 5 or comparison needs their possess label to enter a system. Metro officials also suggest that we devise your outing so that we don’t have to send between lines: Each line has a hire nearby a Mall.


The sight complement is regulating unchanging Saturday service. Some routes that stop nearby a Mall embody a 30S, 30N and 36. For a full list, deliberate Metro’s Trip Planner ( The unchanging Metrobus transport is $1.75 regulating a SmarTrip label or cash.

DC Circulator

The Circulator has dangling use on a Mall lane for a event. But all other routes, including a Georgetown-Union Station (which stops a brief travel divided from a Mall) will work normal weekend hours. The Circulator transport is $1 regulating a SmarTrip label or cash.

DC Streetcar

The streetcar will open during 3 hours early during 5 a.m., to yield a couple to impetus attendants. Visitors nearing by licence sight during RFK can entrance a DC Streetcar from Lot 6, during a Oklahoma Avenue and Benning Road NE stop, about a half-mile from a stadium. The DC Streetcar is giveaway and runs to Union Station, that is a brief travel from a Mall.


If we wish to float your bike, there are bike racks opposite a downtown and a mall areas. A bike cheuffer will be accessible during 10th Street and Independence Avenue SW.

Capital Bikeshare stations that sealed for Inauguration Day will open in phases Saturday. If we devise to use Capital Bikeshare, check a website or a SpotCycle app before your outing to see that stations are available. The complement will offer a “corral” to yield additional parking during a Women’s March. The corral will be during 4th and E streets SW from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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