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Many Commuters Happy to Feel Blue at Last

Thursday, December 16, 2004; Page PG10

Devin McCall, 35, Suitland, employee of Bugaboo Creek Steak House at the Boulevard at the Capital Centre:

"I think that is great that it's going to be available. I have to take two buses to get to work. It will be more convenient for me, especially on Sundays, because the bus doesn't run on Sunday here. Now I can come to work on the subway."

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Rex Carroll, 49, Forestville, settlement officer for the Internal Revenue Service:

"The subway is one of the reasons I purchased a home in the area. They are opening a new Metro stop near the stadium, and I plan on going to some Redskins games. I think this will help the development in this area. You already see how the businesses are taking off, so I think it's going to be good for the area."

Josie Price, 49, Clinton, Andrews Air Force Base employee:

"This is good for a lot of people in this area who don't have transportation or who have children who want to come out to the mall, and their parents don't have the time to bring them out. I have a daughter who is 19, and she likes to take Metro to different places. I could see her and her friends coming out here [to the Boulevard at the Capital Centre] to shop."

Kimberly Brown, 27, Laurel, works at C.H. Flowers High School in Springdale:

"I think that they have this Blue Line here so people can come to the [Redskins] games and not have to pay for expensive parking. Emotionally and physically, people will be less under stress because they will not have to worry about accidents and they can keep some money in their pockets for parking. It's a great thing."

Larry Jones, 37, Pepper Mill, electrician:

"I am looking forward to it. It's going to be great to have the Blue Line come down this far. I hope it will continue to go down further toward Six Flags. This is going to help the entire area. "

Stanley Hubbard Jr., 36, Capitol Heights, president of Hubbard Lighting and Power Systems:

"The traffic is horrible coming up East Capitol Street on a daily basis, but especially during the football games. Any time they make it more convenient for people from the District and Virginia to get to the games is a great thing. The chain stores are finally coming out here. There are some malls out here that are old and still abandoned that give Prince George's County a black eye, like Landover Mall. But it is a good thing that these chain stores are coming out here."

Cynthia Jenkins, 61, Silver Spring, retired federal worker:

"I will probably still drive but I would probably come to a football game on Sunday. This area deserves [Metro]."

Prince Singeltary, 19, Oxon Hill, employee of Mattress Warehouse at the Boulevard at the Capital Centre:

"Having the Metro means that I will not have to get up early to get to work anymore. I have to catch three buses to get to work now. It takes about two and half hours to get to work, and on Saturday it really doesn't come. When they said [the Blue Line] was opening, I said, 'Hallelujah.' I was happy."

-- Compiled by HAMIL R. HARRIS

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