Metro Warns Riders of Heavy Sports Traffic

By Lena Sun
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, April 9, 2008; 4:48 PM

Metro officials are warning riders to expect crowded trains and platforms because of Wednesday's sports tripleheader starting between 7 and 7:30 p.m.

The Washington Wizards play at 7 p.m. at Verizon Center before a sell-out crowd, the Washington Nationals play at 7:10 p.m. at Nationals Park, and D.C. United play in the Champions' Cup soccer semifinals at 7:30 p.m. at RFK Stadium.

Officials are planning to operate normal afternoon rush-hour service on all five rail lines leading up to the game, but they expect crowds to be heaviest about 6 p.m.

After the games, Metro plans to have up to 25 additional trains available systemwide, a combination of six- and eight-car trains. Eight extra trains are to be available to operate on the Yellow and Green lines, 11 extra trains on the Orange and Blue, and six extra trains on the Red Line to help riders traveling from the Gallery Place-Chinatown, Navy Yard and Stadium-Armory Metro stations.

Even with the additional trains, riders might not be able to squeeze on right away, Metro officials said.

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