Wednesday, May 07, 2008
The Way To Go This Weekend
As you are well aware--Metro Is The Way To Go. Maybe, not this weekend.
Last night, while watching Our Washington Nationals on MASN, a Metro Weekend Disruption Announcement was shown on the broadcast. The information stated that due to Track Maintenance--customers using Metrorail to and from New Nationals Park this coming weekend MAY face significant delays leaving the South Capitol Street Ballpark after the game.
This is a problem I have feared for some time.
For well over one year--Metro has been virtually an impossible service to depend on during any weekend. Continuing Track Maintenance forcing single tracking--causing delays up to 45 minutes in any one direction. It's why Sohna and I NEVER use Metro on the weekend.
Now--fans of Our Washington Nationals are going to have to make a determined choice. What mode of transportation to use for this weekend's games against The Florida Marlins. Mother's Day Weekend--usually well attended affairs.
According to Metro's website--when leaving the ballpark after the game--Free shuttle buses will be available from Navy Yard Station to Federal Center SW beginning after the 7th inning of each game. The N22 will also be a Free Shuttle after the 7th inning to Eastern Market Station and on to Union Station. Each shuttle bus running every five minutes.
Also--a shuttle train link will run from Navy Yard to L'Enfant Plaza Station.
Before the game--fans on The Red Line commuting from Shady Grove are requested to get off at Metro Center, Not Gallery Place/Chinatown, then transfer to a Blue or Orange Line train to L'Enfant Plaza--then catch the shuttle train to Navy Yard/Nationals Park. Red Line customers from Silver Spring are asked to get off at Union Station and transfer to the N22 Bus to Nationals Park.
There is a lot of information to shift through. So, if this disruption might affect your route to the ballgames this weekend--please read the information provided in both links.
Thankfully, The Free Nats Express has worked wonderfully from RFK Stadium's Lot 8. And parking in and around New Nationals Park has not exactly been hard to find in the designated lots. Especially since paid daily parking is now available.
Unfortunately, this is exact type of scenario where Metro promises, then historically changes it's tune to satisfy their needs--not necessarily those of their customers. Yes, Metro needs to retro fit and maintain their system. But, do they have to disrupt the time and ease of the up to 20,000 Patrons whom have been ASKED/BEGGED to use Metro as their sole choice of transportation to and from the new ballyard?
Sohna and I are taking The Nats Express this weekend as Our Way To Go. And we can imagine many more fans deciding to use their cars as well for their Way To Go--not willing to experience a SIGNIFICANT DELAY on Metro on Saturday or Sunday.