400K Churn Through DC Transit

Woman hits tracks
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2009 10:19 AM CST
With the Capitol in the background, left, a Washington Metro train makes its way toward Union Station in Washington in this March 25, 2001, file photo.    (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
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(Newser) – Passengers swarmed Washington’s subway and bus system today, with Metro reporting more than 409,000 entries into the system as of 9am, pushing the public transit system to its limits, the Washington Post reports. At one point, service on the Red Line was disrupted when a 68-year-old woman fell to the tracks and had to be treated for arm injuries.

Delays were mounting in the streets as well, as police made last-minute road closure decisions and shifted routes, struggling to keep up with charter bus traffic. More than 500,000 had massed on the Mall by 9am, meaning the crowd was growing faster than anticipated, the fire chief said.