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Crowding at Potomac Ave Metro Station

by Prince Of Petworth June 24, 2014 at 9:05 am 19 Comments


A reader sends at 9:00am:

“Disabled train outside Stadium-Armory. Crowding is getting ridiculous. I don’t even want to imagine what L’Enfant is like…”

@metrorailinfo tweeted:

“Disabled Blue Line train offloading at Stadium-Armory. Blue & Orange Line delays continue in both directions. 8:52a #wmata”

  • Anonymouse

    If you think that’s crowded, you’ve never had to commute on the Red Line during Rush Hour.

    • recon::decon

      I know right? You can still see the platform in this picture.

    • Anonymous

      That’s why I don’t live on the Red Line, friend. ;-)

      • SWM

        Red Line commutes are the most action I get all week.

  • spookiness

    That’s not crowded. Only half the platform is occupied.

  • Anonymous

    That looks like a normal day at gallery place/Chinatown

  • bill

    That’s not stadium-armory.

    • brandonw49

      If there is a disabled train at Stadium-Armory then it won’t arrive at the next stop, Potomac Ave. Hence the crowding and the post.

      • bill

        the post originally said it was stadium-armory. hence my comment. it’s now been changed.

  • anon

    the crowding wasn’t terrible, it was the fact there was no service. A 38 min commute took me 1:15 this am.

    • Anonymous

      +1 the problem (at metro center) wasn’t the crowding, it was the extra 30 minutes that was added to my commute

  • Anonymous

    Maybe more crowded than usual, but that is not even close to “ridiculous crowding” in my book.

  • Anonymous

    I got to Potomac Ave at 9:10 and it was clear. Looks like they fixed things pretty quickly.

  • MJ

    Everything is relative. I get on at Potomac Avenue everyday, and this is insanely crowded for our station! I’ve never seen a crowd even a quarter of this size. (Not to take away from the suffering of the poor red liners:)

    I waited for 45 minutes for a train this morning. Trains finally started moving around 9:05, and were of course packed as hell and then moving slowly through downtown. Definitely one of the worst delays I’ve experienced in a while.

    • Anonymous

      Ditto. I live around here; this is a crowd for this metro stop.

  • brandonw49

    This is definitely crowded for Potomac Ave. I was down the line at Eastern Market at the same time which was even more slammed. I also imagine L’Enfant must have been a s**t show.

    • Anonymous

      Like MJ said, everything is relative. Typically there aren’t more that a few dozen passengers waiting at this station at this time of the morning. This is a crazy crowd for Potomac Ave. I was there and bailed on the wait after about 30 minutes, took the 36 bus to work.

    • Anon

      Yep, L’Enfant was no fun. No information on the signs or speakers. Eventually a train showed up. It promptly got packed to the gills, and sat there for 10-15 minutes. It was so packed enough that we had a crowd outside as well. And that was in car 7 of an 8 car train. I imagine the middle was worse.

      It was a westbound train — going away from the incident. Even after it got moving, we stopped and held and Metro center and Rosslyn. Took over an hour to go from L’Enfant to Ballston. But here’s what really frosts me: No info! Metro’s alert didn’t send an email until ~15 minutes after the delays started. I did discover that they posted the alert on their website 10+ minutes earlier.

      Somebody needs to clean house at WMATA. I’m back to voting against Bowser just because she’s on the Board.

      • RL

        Yeah, MetroAlerts does a pretty crappy job sometimes. I got no text about the original problem at all, just a late-in-the-game message about residual delays. By that time I had noticed Blue/Orange issues via my Metro app and taken an alternate route to work, but there were tons of people waiting for the Red Line toward Shady Grove at Chinatown around 8:45.


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