As the reality of Metro’s three-month shutdown sets in, NoVA commuters take to Twitter to share the good, the bad and everything in between.
It’s been a little over a week since the biggest Metro shutdown in history began, leaving riders to experience a whirlwind of changes to their daily commutes. While some individuals found joy in trying out a bike ride to work, others were faced with directing their Metro shuttle bus drivers to the final destination. Here’s a look at how the start of the shutdown affected the Northern Virginia region:
Hey @wmata, my normally 45min commute took TWO HOURS this morning. If I wanted to spend that much time commuting, I would live in a big house in the suburbs instead of a city apartment. Buckle up, were in for a frustrating summer. @unsuckdcmetro#MetroShutdown
— Paula Kostiuk (@Hey_HeyPaula) May 28, 2019
Hey @wmata, let’s consider adding a few more buses to the Yellow Line shuttle route. By the time busses reach Braddock, they are mostly full. #MetroShutdown #wmata #dcmetro #shutdown2019 #shutdown pic.twitter.com/8cSLhJ6Hsd
— John E. Jones IV (@johnjones4) May 28, 2019
Well @wmata, Day 2 of #MetroShutdown and today our Pentagon “express” shuttle to Franconia left the Pentagon going the wrong direction on 395 and now we’re backtracking in rush hour traffic. 2 Recommendations: 1) Make sure drivers know where 2 go and 2) USE THE HOV LANE! @WTOP
— Andre Foltz (@AndreJFoltz) May 29, 2019
— MikeE (@MikeE_NZ) May 28, 2019
#Metro @wmata hooked it up with charter shuttles and free parking during the shutdown! Appreciate all the employees at the station directing people to their shuttles as well too. #MetroShutdown #DCMetro pic.twitter.com/ns5OHPPZEt
— Alex Pennie (@ThePennie) May 28, 2019
@wmata I know it’s only day 2 of #metrosummershutdown but the alternate route options need to get it together and learn the bus stops and bus routes. 6:03 11 y just blew past the independence & 14th st stop leaving us stranded til 6:30. @wmataRAC
— Just me (@algvatweets) May 29, 2019
I had no idea Alexandria is reimbursing the water taxi for residents during the metro #shutdown. This is awesome! After waiting 30 minutes today for a bus that never came, this may be my new commute mode of transportation. https://t.co/d877638Ai8
— Rachel (@aushutterbug) May 30, 2019
#MetroShutdown my commute to Pentagon was smooth as butter today. Shoutout to my bus driver taking the HOV lanes like a champ
— MIXX (@T3RMIN8R) May 29, 2019
— Feel it Tweet it! ❤👊 (@LiZaisatweetie) May 30, 2019
Metro Shutdown Day 7/Commuting Day 4 (Afternoon Edition): Union Station to home in 36 minutes.
Dodging tour buses on The Mall and a little more crowded on the trail than usual, but nice ride. pic.twitter.com/AIAcI1XPHB
— Justin Wilson (@justindotnet) May 31, 2019
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