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Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 05/01/2012

Occupy march could slow P.M. commute

12:45 P.M. Update:

May Day protests launched today by members of the Occupy movement have begun in more than 100 cities across the U.S., Europe and Australia.

Occupy D.C. protesters are planning a festival and rally at Meridian Hill Park at 3:30 p.m., followed by a march from that park to the White House at 6:30 p.m. They plan to head down 14th Street to New York Avenue en route to the White House. The D.C. police do not plan to shut down any traffic lanes to accommodate the marchers, according to a spokesman.

This could still cause some delays during the afternoon and evening rush, so if you commute anywhere between that park and the White House, try to leave work early if you can.

Stay with PostLocal for the latest news on today’s protests. As always, tweet any traffic issues to @drgridlock.

8:40 A.M. Update:

If you’re still heading out this morning, there could be some potential delays due to rain and isolated thunderstorms, according to the Capital Weather Gang. Watch out for slick roads.

Something to keep in mind for later in the day: Members of the Occupy movement have planned marches, strikes and other events in more than 100 cities across the country today. Occupy D.C. members are planning a festival and rally at Meridian Hill Park at 3:30 p.m., followed by a march from that park to the White House at 6:30 p.m. (They plan to head down 14th Street to New York Avenue en route to the White House.)

This could cause some delays during the afternoon and evening rush, so if you commute anywhere between that park and the White House, try to leave work early if you can. The D.C. police do not plan to shut down any traffic lanes to accommodate the marchers, according to a spokesman.

Otherwise:

A disabled vehicle on the inner loop of the Beltway before Annapolis Road was blocking one of the shoulders, but it has just been cleared.

There’s also been an accident reported on the outer loop of the Beltway at the Georgia Avenue exit.

The accident on wesbound Leesburg Pike/VA 7 near the ramp from the inner loop of the Beltway has been cleared from right lane.

8:20 A.M. Update:

Due to the ongoing delays for MARC Penn Line riders, Metro will honor MARC tickets, according to the Maryland Transit Administration.

All passengers from Penn Line train 517 have been taken on by Amtrak train 151 and are on the move. Train 517 was terminated due to a “trespasser strike,” the MTA reported.

8 A.M. Update:

MARC train 894 is running 20 minutes late approaching Barnesville. Train 880 is going to operate ahead of it.

7:45 A.M. Update:

An accident on wesbound Leesburg Pike/VA 7 near the ramp from the inner loop of the Beltway is blocking the right lane.

The accident on I-395 South before Glebe Road has been cleared and the left two lanes and left shoulder reopened. Expect residual delays.

7:30 A.M. Update:

MARC Penn Line train 517 is stopped south of Martin Airport right now. The Maryland Transit Administration initially said this was due to police activity. We will update with more information when we have it. In the meantime, passengers are being transferred to Amtrak train 151.

The accident on I-395 South before Glebe Road is blocking the left two lanes and left shoulder. Expect heavy delays.

7:10 A.M. Update:

An accident on I-395 South before Glebe Road could cause delays there. No lane closures have been reported yet.

6:55 A.M. Update:

MARC train 892 is running 15 minutes late.

6:30 A.M. Update:

VRE train 324 will bypass Manassas and Manassas Park. Train 326 will make all stops, so expect additional crowding on that train.

Metro reports that Metrobuses on routes 90, 92, 93 and 96 have resumed their normal routing near Florida and New Jersey avenues NW.

6:11 A.M. Update:

Florida Avenue NW has reopened at New Jersey Avenue NW.

Virginia Railway Express train 324 will be about 20 minutes late this morning due to a signal outage.

Original Post:

Good morning, commuters! We’ll be keeping an eye on the roads and rails this morning, reporting any delays or issues — and we will need your help. If you hear about any congestion, delays, problems or anything at all, tell us in the comments section below or by tweeting @drgridlock.

The Tuesday morning commute will be a tricky one, because there will be showers and isolated thunderstorms, according to the Capital Weather Gang. Watch out for slick roads and potential delays caused by the rainy weather.

Something to keep in mind for later in the day: Members of the Occupy movement have planned marches, strikes and other events in more than 100 cities across the country today. Occupy D.C. members are planning a festival and rally at Meridian Hill Park at 3:30 p.m., followed by a march from that park to the White House at 6:30 p.m. (They plan to head down 14th Street to New York Avenue en route to the White House.)

This could cause some delays during the afternoon and evening rush, so if you commute anywhere between that park and the White House, try to leave work early if you can. The D.C. police do not plan to shut down any traffic lanes to accommodate the marchers, according to a spokesman.

So far:

— Florida Avenue NW is blocked in both directions at New Jersey Avenue. There was a report of a stabbing near that area shortly after 2 a.m., while there have also been reports of an accident there.

Metro reports that Metrobuses on the 96 route are detouring at 6th Street and Florida Avenue due to an accident and resuming their regular route at S Street and New Jersey Avenue.

— MARC Brunswick Line train 890 might be delayed by 5 to 10 minutes near Dickerson due to track work.

— A disabled vehicle on the I-95 reversible lanes near Woodbridge is blocking the right shoulder of the H.O.V. lanes.

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