The first rush hour shutdown of the 45-day Red Line shutdown between NoMa and Fort Totten began Monday, July 23 and the commute was unsurprisingly hectic. Bus shuttles between the stations took longer than many expected, and numerous riders reported Fort Totten and Gallery Place were packed from those transferring to and from the Green Line.
Today is the first rush hour morning of the Red Line shutdown. No train service between NoMa-Gallaudet & Ft Totten. Brookland & Rhode Island Ave are closed. Shuttle bus options are available, or the Green Line, Fort Totten-Gallery Pl. https://t.co/oGprF3OXtK #wmata pic.twitter.com/gJSNtRlgMq— Metro (@wmata) July 23, 2018
Metro was also announcing the shutdown in stations and on Red Line trains Monday morning.
The Metro Red Line closure from Fort Totten to NOMA is a disaster. If you live in DC and ride that route, be warned and give yourself plenty of time. What is normally a 40 min commute for me was 80 mins today. A hot, humid, rainy, non-working escalator mess.— Kiana Cox (@kaymariephd) July 23, 2018
The temporary bus lane on Rhode Island Avenue got off to a reasonable start, but there’s a lot of room for improvement. The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) installed the bus-only lanes to ease the extra time added to the commute from the track work, but enforcement of the lanes appeared to be lacking and riders reported delays.
First couple blocks were fine. Blatant disregard of the lanes as soon as we got to RI Ave metro. pic.twitter.com/X10ugdViLo— Nick Zaiac (@NickZaiac) July 23, 2018
@unsuckdcmetro shuttle bus from Fort Totten is a joke. It took 15 minutes for a bus to arrive and I’ve been on this bus for 30 minutes. Still not a NoMa. I figure that I’ll be 30 minutes late for work. Thanks #WMATA— It’sMic (@whiskeybuddha) July 23, 2018
GGWash Edit Board member Edward Russell reported seeing drivers in personal vehicles using the bus-only lanes in Eckington on Monday morning without any reprecussions, although he also saw some cars parked in the lane with tickets on their windshields. He said the buses appeared to be moving at the same speed they normally move without the designated lanes.
Few signs, and no enforcement of the temporary dedicated bus lanes #WMATA promised on RI Ave during the Red Line shutdown. Some shots from Lincoln Rd and Summit NE in #EckingtonDC. https://t.co/YOM9QOPMWf @amaxsmith pic.twitter.com/h9BqUdEKyr— Edward Russell (@e_russell) July 23, 2018
The bus lane is expected to be open from 7 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday, and runs for about a mile and a half between North Capitol and the Rhode Island Avenue Metro station. Not only does Metro intend to use the lane for the temporary bus shuttles, but also for the Metrobus routes which travel this path already, including the G8 and the G9.
Riders not traveling to either of the shut down stations can transfer to/from the Green Line at Fort Totten and Gallery Place. It'll be crowded, but likely still quicker than the bus shuttle right now.
Readers who took the Red Line: how was your commute this morning?