Game 4 of the National League Division Series kicks off at 4:07 p.m. Large crowds are heading to Nationals Park just as the afternoon rush hour gets underway, which could lead to heavy congestion on the roads and Metro.

We’re going to be liveblogging the whole thing here on Thursday at 3 p.m. We will have updates on the roads, the rails and everything else. (Head to Nationals Journal for a liveblog of the game itself.)

We also want your help. If you are attending the game, commuting or just trying to get home, let us know what you see. Let us know about delays, congestion, crowded trains, packed stations, standstill traffic and anything else. Tweet your information and pictures via Twitter (@DrGridlock) or leave a comment below this post. 

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Metro reports 13,000 people riding to Navy Yard station before game

Metro doesn’t have the ridership numbers yet for how many fans hopped on a train to leave the game tonight, but they do have final numbers telling us how many people exited the Navy Yard in the hours before the game.

Between 2 and 4 p.m., Metro had 13,557 people exit the Navy Yard station. Of course, not all of these riders were Nationals fans. But this still gives us some idea about how many people were heading that way. (And it’s a significant uptick over the preliminary numbers the transit agency reported earlier.)

Traffic problems linger leaving Nationals Park

There are still some headaches awaiting drivers leaving the Nationals Park area, according to the District Department of Transportation. Northbound South Capitol Street, I (Eye) and M Streets are all moving but seeing some crowding heading away from the ballpark.

Westbound Maine Avenue approaching the 14th Street Bridge, the Southeast-Southwest Freeway and the 11th Street Bridge (for traffic heading off of M Street) all remain crowded and slow. 

Metro reports service and crowding returning to normal

Metro is returning to normal service as the post-game crowds have largely departed the Navy Yard and are making their way through the system.

The extra Green Line trains meant to help shuttle fans between Mount Vernon Square and Anacostia are winding down and should be out of service shortly. After that, there will be normal Green Line service for this time of night on through the system’s closure at midnight. 

Metro reports normal Blue/Yellow Line service

Metro reports that normal service has resumed on the Blue and Yellow Lines following earlier delays and crowding on trains in both directions. 

And the Navy Yard station has also largely cleared out as the initial post-game crowds head on home to dream of Jayson Werth’s game-ending home run. The transit agency just tweeted this photo of the station. 

Traffic building around stadium as many fans finally head home

It seems that many fans hung around the ballpark to savor the 2-1 win over St. Louis, because traffic is actually getting heavier now that we’re nearly an hour removed from the end of the game.

Eastbound M Street is seeing more and more congestion heading to 11th Street, while heavy traffic remains on northbound South Capitol Street heading to I-395 and on westbound I-395.

Bikeshare corral still has two dozen bikes available

There were 110 bikes taken from the Capital Bikeshare corral at 1st and N streets SE in the first 40 minutes after the game ended, according to the District Department of Transportation. There are still about 24 bikes available. 

Traffic remains heavy but not overwhelming near Nationals Park

Traffic heading away from Nationals Park remains heavy but not overwhelming. Northbound South Capitol Street is slow but moving, while the Southeast-Southwest Freeway and southbound I-395 to Virginia are also seeing quite a few cars but moving smoothly. And M Street is seeing less and less traffic on either side of South Capitol Street.

Meanwhile, foot traffic remains moderate as people are still heading away from the ballpark. 

Tips for heading home via Metro

Heading home via Metro? Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you’re leaving the ballpark:

  • The Half Street entrance at the Navy Yard station is closer to the stadium, and as a result it gets very crowded very quickly. Head to the New Jersey Avenue entrance instead; it’s a bit of a walk, but it tends not to be as jammed right after games.
  • Using a paper farecard (and paying a $1 surcharge for each trip)? Make sure you have $2.70 on the card, otherwise you can’t enter the system.
  • The most congested transfer stations will be L’Enfant Plaza and Gallery Place. Try to avoid those if at all possible. If you’re going to the Yellow Line en route to Springfield or Alexandria, transfer at Archives. If you need to access the Orange or Blue lines, consider walking to Capitol South or Eastern Market. If you have to access the Green Line, walk to the Waterfront station, hop on a train bound for Anacostia and wait for it to turn around. 

Tips for taking Metro home

Heading home via Metro? Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you’re leaving the ballpark:

  • The Half Street entrance at the Navy Yard station is closer to the stadium, and as a result it gets very crowded very quickly. Head to the New Jersey Avenue entrance instead; it’s a bit of a walk, but it tends not to be as jammed right after games.
  • Using a paper farecard (and paying a $1 surcharge for each trip)? Make sure you have $2.70 on the card, otherwise you can’t enter the system.
  • The most congested transfer stations will be L’Enfant Plaza and Gallery Place. Try to avoid those if at all possible. If you’re going to the Yellow Line en route to Springfield or Alexandria, transfer at Archives.

    If you need to access the Orange or Blue lines, consider walking to Capitol South or Eastern Market. If you have to access the Green Line, walk to the Waterfront station, hop on a train bound for Anacostia and wait for it to turn around. 

Blue/Yellow Line delays remain; watch for crowding

Delays remain for the Blue and Yellow lines following the earlier single-tracking. Riders should expect these delays to create additional crowding at transfer stations like L’Enfant Plaza and Metro Center. 

Heavy crowding at Navy Yard

Metro reports heavy crowding at the Navy Yard right now. It appears that quite a few Nationals fans hung around at the ballpark for a while after Jayson Werth’s homer sealed the 2-1 victory.

Post-game traffic heavy but moving

The area around M and North Capitol streets is crowded now that the Nationals game has ended, but things are moving more than they did when the game was getting underway. Expect to encounter delays. 

Things are also moving very well on the Southeast-Southwest Freeway in both directions. There are some delays for traffic on that route heading to the 11th Street Bridge, but no other real problems for traffic heading in either direction.

Single-tracking cleared, residual delays on Blue and Yellow lines

Single-tracking has cleared on the Yellow Line as well, so both the Blue and Yellow Lines are running on all normal tracks right now.

Some problems do remain. Blue Line trains are still experiencing residual delays in both directions due to the earlier single-tracking. Yellow Line trains are experiencing similar delays. 

Also, Yellow Line trains that would normally head up to Fort Totten are going to instead turn around at Mount Vernon Square to send them back through L’Enfant Plaza and into Virginia. So Yellow Line riders who need to get to Fort Totten might be offloaded earlier than expected.

Extra Green Line put into service

There are four extra Green Line trains in service right now to help shuttle riders between the Mount Vernon Square and Anacostia stations. Still, watch for crowding on this line as fans file into the Navy Yard station after the game. 

Yellow Line trains still single-tracking, Blue Line single-tracking cleared but delays linger

The single-tracking has been cleared on the Blue Line, but single-tracking remains for Yellow Line trains traveling between Pentagon City and L’Enfant Plaza.

Blue Line trains were single-tracking between Arlington Cemetery and Pentagon City due to the earlier burning debris at the Pentagon, but that has been cleared. Residual delays remain for trains in both directions, so watch for lingering issues on that line.

Yellow Line trains are still sharing a track between Pentagon City and L’Enfant Plaza as track inspections continue. So expect significant problems on the Yellow Line, particularly given the number of Nationals fans heading to L’Enfant Plaza to transfer right now. 

Street closures remain around ballpark

If you’re driving home from Nationals Park, don’t forget that the following streets will be closed until fans have cleared the area:

  • N street SE between 1st and South Capitol streets
  • Half Street SE between M and N streets
  • Van Street SE between M and N streets (only accessible to taxis and stadium traffic)
  • 1st Street SE from M Street south to Potomac Avenue (only accessible to stadium traffic)
  • Potomac Avenue SE from South Capitol to 1st streets (only accessible to stadium traffic)

The game is over, so Nationals fans begin the trip home

And that’s it for Game 4. The Nationals win it 2-1 and keep the series alive for a fifth game at Nationals Park on Friday night. 

Now begins the long road home for Nationals fans. We’ll keep you updated on the latest from the roads and rails. Make sure to tweet anything you see to @DrGridlock

Blue/Yellow single-tracking remains as fans begin heading home

Blue and Yellow Line trains are still single-tracking between Arlington Cemetery and Pentagon City due to the earlier burning debris on the tracks at the Pentagon station. This is leading to delays and crowding on both lines in both directions.

Nationals fans who plan on taking these lines home to Virginia: If possible, delay your travels and hang around the ballpark or the area. Otherwise, you are going to encounter major delays and overcrowded trains and stations. 

Pentagon station still open, but Blue/Yellow Line single-tracking continues

Blue and Yellow Line trains continue to single track between Arlington Cemetery and Pentagon City. The Pentagon station is not closed, but some Blue Line trains are being offloaded and turned around to help provide service in downtown Washington and Maryland, according to Metro. 

Single-tracking still delaying Blue, Yellow Lines

Blue and Yellow Line trains continue single-tracking between Arlington Cemetery and Pentagon City due to the burning debris at the Pentagon station. The fire is out, but crews remain on the scene and the single-tracking continues to create delays in both directions.

Burning debris extinguished

The burning debris at the Pentagon station has been extinguished, according to Dan Stessel. We will update with more information as we get it. 

Blue/Yellow Line single-tracking continues, Nationals fans might be delayed

Blue and Yellow Line trains continue single-tracking between Arlington Cemetery and Pentagon City due to the reported smoke at the Pentagon station. 

If the single-tracking is still going on when the Nationals game ends, Metro will ask Nationals fans heading to Virginia on these lines to delay their travel, said Dan Stessel, a spokesman for the transit agency. 

Blue/Yellow Line trains single-tracking due to report of smoke on tracks at Pentagon

Blue and Yellow Line trains are single-tracking between Arlington Cemetery and Pentagon City due to a report of smoke at the Pentagon station. Metro says there is a report of what appears to be burning leaves on the tracks at Pentagon. 

Crash blocking Minnesota Avenue lanes in Northeast [UPDATE: Cleared]


6:32 P.M. Update:

Minnesota Avenue has reopened, according to police. 

Original Post:

Another bit of traffic news for commuters not at Nationals Park: An accident is blocking two northbound lanes on Minnesota Avenue at Benning Road NE. This crash is right near the Minnesota Avenue Metro. 

No delays reported for Metro, MARC or VRE

Here’s something for people who aren’t at Nationals Park: In case you are getting ready to leave the office and are taking a train home, we have some good news: There are no reported delays for Metro, MARC or VRE trains right now. 

POLL: How Did Wednesday’s Game Impact Your Commute Home?

Bikeshare corral tops Wednesday’s number of bikes

The Capital Bikeshare corral at 1st and N streets SE held 60 bikes when the game was about to get underway, according to the District Department of Transportation. But fans continued to arrive at Nationals Park, the number kept increasing. The corral now holds 112 bikes, topping the 102 bikes checked into the corral as Wednesday’s game began. 

Updated numbers: Metro now reports more than 9,200 people exiting at Navy Yard station

Metro has released updated ridership numbers. The transit agency now says that 3,610 riders exited at Navy Yard between 2 and 3 p.m. (Earlier, they reported 3,224 riders exiting during that hour.) 

This means that 9,237 people exited that station in the two hours before the Nationals game began. 

Green/Yellow Line congestion lessens

Green and Yellow Line congestion downtown has eased now, likely because most fans seem to have made it to the ballpark. Trains are now moving normally, according to Metro.

Potential Red Line delays

A Red Line train heading to Grosvenor is offloading at Brookland. The next train heading that way is at Fort Totten right now. Expect some delays. 

M and South Capitol streets remain snarled

Congestion remains a problem on M and South Capitol streets. There are delays on both roads approaching intersection and extending out in all directions. If you are about to head out and need to use M or South Capitol streets in this area, expect heavy delays. 

Southeast-Southwest Freeway is crawling

The Southeast-Southwest Freeway is jammed in both directions between the Third Street Tunnel and 12th Street. Traffic is crawling near 7th Street, with early rush hour delays being exacerbated by any late Nats fans still heading to the ballpark. 

Early numbers: More than 9,200 Metro riders exited Navy Yard over last two hours [UPDATED]

4:40 P.M. Update:

Metro reports that the revised numbers show that 3,610 riders exited at Navy Yard between 2 and 3 p.m. So the number of people exiting that station in the two hours before the game now stands at 9,237.

Earlier:

Metro reports that preliminary numbers show that 5,627 riders exited the Navy Yard station between 3 and 4 p.m. The transit agency also reported 3,224 riders exiting the station between 2 and 3 p.m.

So the early numbers show that 8,851 riders used the stop during the two hours before the game. 

Game underway, area roadways remain jammed

The game is underway, but traffic is still very jammed on the roadways around the stadium. M Street is heavily backed up approaching Nationals Park and South Capitol Street from both directions, the northbound 14th Street Bridge is crawling and delays continue onto the Southeast-Southwest Freeway in D.C. South Capitol Street is also snarled approaching M Street. 

Bikeshare corral holding dozens of bikes, but fewer than yesterday

The Capital Bikeshare corral at 1st and N streets SE has 60 bikes right now, according to the District Department of Transportation. When Wednesday’s game got underway, there were 102 bikes checked into the corral. 

The Capital Weather Gang forecast calls for lovely baseball weather

Deep blue skies with nary a cloud all around Washington as the first pitch draws near.  The mercury reads 62 at WeatherBug’s Navy Yard weather station – the highest of the day – with a wind from the northwest hardly registering at just 2-3 mph. Weather-wise fans will have a jacket, as temps reverse course as the game progresses, dropping back to the mid-50s in the late innings.

— Jason Samenow

One escalator out at Navy Yard’s New Jersey Ave. entrance

Commenter HoyaFan1 over at the Nationals Journal liveblog asked about an escalator issue at the Navy Yard station. We reached out to Metro to find out what’s going on. 

One of the escalators at the Navy Yard’s New Jersey Avenue entrance is out of service. This was also the case on Wednesday, as Metro is awaiting a part to fix that escalator. 

As a result, there are two working escalators at that entrance, while riders can walk up the third escalator. 

Poll: Getting to Nationals Park

 

Heavy crowds at Navy Yard

Metro reports that, as one would expect, there are plenty of full trains between L’Enfant and the Navy Yard. And, also as expected, there are heavy crowds heading out of the Navy Yard station. Still, things are moving and people are able to exit without any major problems. 

Most bridges with baseball traffic flowing smoothly right now

While the northbound 14th Street Bridge is slow for drivers heading into D.C. from Virginia, things are looking better on other bridges carrying drivers toward Nationals Park. The Frederick Douglass Bridge looks like it is moving smoothly right now, while only minor delays are cropping up on the 11th Street Bridge and the Sousa Bridge/Pennsylvania Avenue SE. 

I-395 North slowing down before the 14th Street Bridge

Nationals fans driving to the ballpark from Virginia are encountering some of the same delays they ran into on Wednesday. Traffic is very slow moving across the 14th Street Bridge into D.C., with delays beginning on I-395 North near Pentagon City.

Metro reports more than 3,000 fans recently exited the Navy Yard stop

Many Nationals fans left the game early on Wednesday, but it looks like quite a few are also heading to Thursday’s game well before it begins. Metro reports that 3,224 people exited the Navy Yard station between 2 and 3 p.m. 

Remember, these numbers don’t tell us exactly how many people are heading to the stadium. It’s possible that riders trying to avoid packed transfer stations hopped off at Capitol South or Eastern Market and walked the rest of the way. But that does give us some idea about how many people are making their way to the ballpark. 

Extra Green Line trains in service

Metro put four extra Green Line trains into service between the Mount Vernon Square and Anacostia stations. These trains, which began running at 2 p.m., have eight cars as well as operators at both ends so they can quickly reverse direction. 

Tips for getting to Nationals Park

Thursday’s game is scheduled for 4:07 p.m., which means fans will still be heading to the ballpark when some people are beginning to leave work.

METRO

For Metro riders, expect pre-game crowding at L’Enfant Plaza and Gallery Place. The Green Line will be typically packed heading to Navy Yard. Metro will once again put extra Green Line trains into service between the Mount Vernon Square and Anacostia stations. These trains will have eight cars as well as operators at both ends so they can quickly reverse direction. 

Still, even with extra trains, riders will encounter crowding. Remember to spread out and not just bunch around the car doors near an escalator. And if a train appears to be overflowing when it arrives, let it leave and wait for the next one. 

To avoid the big crowds on the Green Line, the transfer stations and the Navy Yard stop, consider riding to Capitol South or Eastern Market and walking.

DRIVING

Drivers heading to Wednesday’s game reported heavy delays on the usual suspects. Watch for congestion on M and South Capitol streets as will the 11th Street, 14th Street and Frederick Douglass bridges.

BIKING

Capital Bikeshare members can once again drop bikes off at a corral at First and N streets SE. There were 102 bikes in the corral when Wednesday’s game began. 

Nationals Park also has a free bike valet in Garage C (also at First and N streets SE; enter on N Street) that can hold 100 bikes, and there are other bike racks surrounding the ballpark, which can hold up to 250 bikes.

BUSES

Metrobus routes 74, P1, P2, V7, V8 and V9 serve Nationals Park. Circulator buses travel between the Navy Yard station, Eastern Market station and Union Station. The stop nearest the stadium is on the New Jersey Avenue side of the Navy Yard station.

Street closures around Nationals Park

The following streets will be closed:

  • N street SE between 1st and South Capitol streets
  • Half Street SE between M and N streets
  • Van Street SE between M and N streets (only accessible to taxis and stadium traffic)
  • 1st Street SE from M Street south to Potomac Avenue (only accessible to stadium traffic)
  • Potomac Avenue SE from South Capitol to 1st streets (only accessible to stadium traffic)