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D.C. region having quiet commute, despite some Sandy problems

Leaving home for the newsroom this morning, I thought I’d be reporting to you about commuters’ performance at darkened intersections, or about ways to avoid streets with downed trees.

Not a one did I see on a nine-mile trip from Silver Spring into the District. And the traffic at 7 a.m. was much, much lighter than normal. The guys at a parking garage near The Post told me they may close early today, because no one came to work today.

Of course, your experience may vary. Mark Berman, who normally writes the morning traffic report on the Dr. Gridlock block and is working today on the live blog, says there are many road closings across the region. He notes these major road closings in Vorginia:

  • Georgetown Pike near Georgetown Court (Fairfax County)
  • Route 15 at Route 50 (Loudoun County)
  • A few scattered locations on Route 50 in Loudoun County

He says there are many traffic signals out in Northern Virginia.

Metro remains shut this morning, but we are hopeful that train and bus service can be restored Tuesday afternoon. We’ll let you know as soon as Metro announces a decision after checking its equipment.

I do have two safety messages: Can’t people lighten up their wardrobes? Everyone I saw when I was driving was in dark clothing. People are making their usual mid-block crossings and are practically invisible. The sky is lightening but the day will remain gloomy. Plus, the rain limits visibility.

Also, drive slowly and avoid hard braking. Many leaves came down in last night’s rain and wind, creating a slimy mess on local streets.

See also: What’s open and closed on Tuesday.

 And the Capital Weather Gang has the latest forecast.


Robert Thomson is The Washington Post’s “Dr. Gridlock.” He answers travelers’ questions, listens to their complaints and shares their pain on the roads, trains and buses in the Washington region.



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